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Mid-May update, a Midorikai interlude

May 10 We had the annual tea plantation and manufacturing process field trip to Uji today. All the Midorikai students and second-year Japanese students woke up early to catch the train from Kuramaguchi station to Uji. We started at Marukyu Koyama-en for a tea plantation tour and fresh tea tasting. I’ve had their koicha before …

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Golden Week, a Midorikai interlude

May 7 We have had some days off several public holidays on Friday April 29 and May 3-5. Since last I wrote I’ve done quite a lot. Some of us on Saturday, April 30 went to an Art of Zen exhibit at the Kyoto National Art Museum. I learned the story of Daruma (the little …

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April update, a Midorikai interlude

April 18 Midorikai was honored to be invited to Hokoku Jinja Kenchashiki Sanretsu, which is offered every other year. This memorial is to honor Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who has sort of a complicated relationship with tea people. On one hand, he was very important in Kyoto’s history and did a lot of good things for the …

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Sumi and sumi, a Midorikai interlude

We had our first week of school and I am quite tired. We have had some changes to the program with Midorikai being included more inside the Gakuen. For example, we now attend the morning chorei / role call. This is a great time to practice sitting seiza, which of course means that you are …

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Midorikai interlude

Karla has agreed to write a few things for the blog during her year in Midorikai.  Here is the first installment:


My name is Karla and I am a student of Margie’s. I am lucky enough to follow in the footsteps of my sensei and attend the Urasenke Midorikai program beginning this April. I …

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