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Robiraki 2014

On November 9, 2014 Issoan Tea School celebrated the opening of the winter hearth with Robiraki. There were 3 seki of 4 people each. A real charcoal fire was laid to heat the water. Because charcoal is so hard to import from Japan, and is so very expensive, we seldom get to see the fire …

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Rikyu’s futaoki

We have been practicing with a variety of dogu this year in the intermediate classes. I have a bronze set of the 7 futaoki supposedly favored by Rikyu. (Rikyu no nanashu no futaoki). A futaoki is a kettle lid rest, and also can be used to rest the hishaku. These are ways to handle …

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Today’s Sweet

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New! Beginning Chado: Tray Style Class

The Beginning Chado: Tray Style class begins on Wednesday May 7. . In this class, students are introduced to the principles of making tea, including how to fold fukusa, purification of tea utensils and closing procedures.

Students will also learn good mizuya habits, as well as preparation of the tea room, and cleaning up. There …

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Elevate your temae

I have a few students who can no longer sit seiza on tatami.  Some of them are sad because there are only a few table style temae you can do.  And there is no difference in the seasons for table style.  So I had a plan for them.

In Portland, we have been rather snowed …

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