From the haigata workshop

It has been a long time since I have blogged, but we have been busy at Issoan Tea School.

Last month we had a haigata workshop, the forming of the ash for burning charcoal.  The whole class was able to use the ash spoons to smooth the ash and do part of the form.  Then we layed the charcoal, heated the water,  had our sweets and made tea.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Mr. Tom Ward who made the charcoal that we burned.  He has come the closest I have seen to making domestic charcoal for tea ceremony..



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    • Gabriel on September 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you very much Margie,
    I completely forgot that I asked and just wondering on the net I saw someone asking for haigata tools… I jumped to see maybe he or she found something – well it was me asking you.
    Haigata no dogu, fair ebough in teh end this is what they are. I will find them I am sure, I just wanted to go directly to the point. The dogu shop where I usually buy is kind of short of guys speaking English and I am embarassed to use my attempts to sound Japanese.

    Margie, now that I am at it, woudl you happen to know a place in Kyoto where I can get a good map in English so that I can take it with me, jump on the bike and Kyoto here I come!!!

    Thanks a lot


    PS, Hei, maybe you add our website on the list of sites related to Chado. (Romania, we managed to open a tankokai there, anything seems possible these days)

    • admin on September 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for reading the blog. I have heard them called ash spoons or haisaji ??. You could also ask for tools for haigata or haigata no dogu.?????.I like the copper ones best.
    Good luck.

    • Gabriel on September 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Do you know the name in Japanese of the tools used to shape up haigata. I will go to Kyoto and want to buy a set of copper ones but I do not know the name

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