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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 and …

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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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White clouds

When choosing the toriawase, the arrangement of utensils for a chakai, or chaji the first thing you should consider is the scroll.  It sets the theme for your event and gives the guests something to think about.  Most scrolls displayed in the tea room are zen phrases written by Zen priests, monks, or abbots.  They …

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