Warsaw 2014

I came to Warsaw fairly late Friday evening, so no practice then. Saturday was a Tea day. We started quite early. Another student and I did temae, Daitenmoku and Wakin. Then we spent a litle while swapping out the electric ro for a propper charcoal one. They are planning to use sumi for next weeks…

Warsaw

This weekend I’m going to Warsaw in Poland. Last year I became a member of the Polish Tea association, so it is about time I went to participate in one of their Okeiko. Ula, Aaron and I were all students at Midorikai at the same time. Ula and Aaron got married and settled down in…

2010 was a unreasonable year

Some times I wonder how many blogpost starts with, “I haven’t written in a while…?” In my case it is symptomatic of a bigger problem. The last year have been very unreasonable. For a whole lot of reasons I have done very litle Tea the last year. As always I think the main reason is that…

Hakkedana

Living in a country where there are no professional teacher, and not even a very active chado association. I´m limited to study with the dogu I own. Since leaving Kyoto in 2005 I have only had access to a very limited selection of tana. I have a maru joku that I made my self based…

Why begin with Ryakubon.

I’m wondering how common it is for teacher to start teaching their new students Ryakubon. I my self started learning Hakobi, since that was the only temae my teacher knew. I have been thinking that maybe it would be beter to start the students with Ireko-date rather than Ryakubon. Historical perspective In Rikyus day a…

Beginner’s Mind

Every Tea teacher I ever met has emphasized the beginner’s mind. I have a long way to go before I understand this principle, but I learned a bit about the meaning while I was in New York. After a long week, in which I had attended a computer course and done my best to see…

Lessons in Oslo

Would you like to take lessons in Japanese Tea Ceremony in Oslo, Norway? I will teach when 2-4 student wish to attend and I’m free. I will gladly teach as often as there are are motivated students. If you wish to attend you should join Okeiko Googlegroup The lessons at my place will be free…