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The joy of tea

Today I had the lucky opportunity of hosting a chakai for people that I had never met.  However these two people had traveled many thousands of miles from North and East of here to be my guests.   They were graduates of the Midorikai program in Kyoto and attended about 5 years before I had gone …

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New Class: Beginning Chado

As an instructor of Chado, I am continually thinking of ways to pass on what I have learned and instill in my students the enthusiasm and joy that I feel in the way of tea.   Being connected to the rich history of chado and honoring all of the efforts my own teachers have invested in …

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Hatsugama 2013 Happy New Year

Happy New Year.  It is the year of the snake, and the chokudai for this year is “standing.” We are lucky enough to have a robust chado community in Portland and so far there has been two Hatsugama chakai with two more to go. Issoan Tea School held Hatsugama on January 5 at two seki.  …

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The differences are the same

I had the privilege of attending an Omotesenke chakai this last weekend.  Even though I have participated in chakai in Japan, it was very educational to be able to see it again in a much more intimate setting. I get asked all the time about the differences between Omotesenke and Urasenke.  I usually respond that …

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Remembering winter chakai

I remember one of the most memorable chakai was at the Japanese Garden in Winter. The snow was softly falling and it was only the host and I. The scroll hanging in the tokonoma read, “Everything’s important, nothing really matters.” He had opened up all of the windows to the tea house and made tea …

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