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Tanabata Star Festival Tea Gathering

Sometimes Tea people plan for a gathering months- maybe years in advance. This was one of those times. I had been acquiring utensils and other things for years; each time thinking “Some day I will host a Tanabata gathering”. Circumstances

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Chakai- March 12th, 2017

A Tea Gathering was held for good friends who had been helpful and supportive throughout the last year. This was a way to thank them for all that they had done on my behalf. Much planning went into this event.

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Tea Bowl Series—Oribe

Futura Oribe, also known as Futura Shigenari, was a Daimyo war lord who lived from 1544 to July 6th, 1615 in Japan. He was a contemporary with the Tea Master Sen no Rikyu. He studied under him and was one

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Tea Bowl Series—Kiseto

< 'Seto' is the name of one of the Six ancient Kilns of Japanese history. Based in Owari Province (now know as Aichi), there are legends that Kato Shirozaemon Kagemasa studied high firing techniques while traveling in China, and brought

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Tea Bowl Series—Amamori

August and September is the time of year that poets and Tea people love. Wabi style Tea comes into vogue and the Moon lends itself to the quiet mood that can be found in the Tea room. Even though the

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Tea Bowl Series— Ido

The words “Ido-Jawan’ makes those who have practiced The Way of Tea for a few years- smile and reminisce. Of all of the ceramic wares used by Tea people, Ido bowls are considered the essence of the Wabi spirit. A

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New Years Tea of 2017

If a student of The Way of Tea can only host an event once a year, then their best bet is to present Tea for the New Year. It is a great way to start everything off on the right

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Chakai for November 2016

On November 20th 2016 I held a Tea gathering at my home. Many preparations had been made through out the year to make ready for this- and future events. My Tea room had been repainted, wainscoting of white paper for

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The Three Great Obligations of Japanese Culture and Cha no Yu

I have written about these ‘Three Obligations’ in a previous post that delved into the meaning of ‘Moshi-Iwake-gozaimasen’. After a number of personal events were endured, felt that it was necessary to revisit this subject in a more personal manner.

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Tea Bowl Series — Ninsei and Kyo-yaki

The word ‘Kyo-yaki’ means pottery made in the city of Kyoto; it also denotes a great flowering of the decorative arts that found its way into the Tea room by the single handed efforts of one man- Nonomura Ninsei. As

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