The tana documentation project

As part of the Chado Encyclopedia I wish to make a new section about tana. I hope to create a separate page for each tana. The goal is to collect the following information about each of them:

  • Image of the tana, without any dogu in it.
  • Image of the tana with dogu inside, placed correctly for different situations.
  • A short text about the history of the tana.
  • A list of variations on this tana, and who has taken each of them as konomi
  • A description of how to use the tana in different situations. Always including at least Shozumi, Koicha and Usucha

I’m hoping that some of you may be able to help me with this endevour. If you have any of the above items for any tana, including daisu, tabidansu and such, I would greatly appreciate it if you could send them to me on tana @ froisland.no and give me permission to use it on http://wiki.chado.no

The tana documentation project

20050313-20050313-DSCN0695As part of the Chado Encyclopedia I wish to make a new section about tana. I hope to create a separate page for each tana. The goal is to collect the following information about each of them:

  • Image of the tana, without any dogu in it.
  • Image of the tana with dogu inside, placed correctly for different situations.
  • A short text about the history of the tana.
  • A list of variations on this tana, and who has taken each of them as konomi
  • A description of how to use the tana in different situations. Always including at least Shozumi, Koicha and Usucha

I’m hoping that some of you may be able to help me with this endevour. If you have any of the above items for any tana, including daisu, tabidansu and such, I would greatly appreciate it if you could send them to me on tana @ froisland.no and give me permission to use it on http://wiki.chado.no

Contemporary Chaji

00632Chaji is for me the ultimate tea experience; unfortunately it requires a great deal of knowledge about tea both from host and guests. Each time I hold a chaji for some of my (tea) friends, I wish I could invite all my friends to chaji. The problem is that most of them do not know anything about tea. I wish I could introduce my friends to Tea through a chaji.
My new project is therefore to try to modify the chaji
, and especially the conversation, in order to move the knowledge requirement away from the guests to the host. I have been thinking a lot about it, but it hasn’t yielded any conclusions. Therefore, I decided that I should just give it a try.
I decided it would be easie
r to have only one guest, so that the host does not need to deal with coordination among the guests. Since this would be to be a learning experience, I decided that I should start with a guest with some knowledge of tea, before trying it with someone new to tea. I’m calling my project contemporary chaji.
As my first guest,
I chose to invite a girl that has done tea, and has knowledge of both usucha and koicha temae, but hasn’t been to a chaji before. Mainly, the chaji went smoothly, with one exception. I hadn’t given enough thought to the hassun, and how that would work with only one guest. Normally the first guest gets time to eat and drink while the other guests are served. Since there were no other guests, there was no natural time to eat the hassun. I’m going to contact some teachers in the hope that they can help me with this issue.

My next contemporary chaji will be with a guest who has done Ryakubon a few times, and has seen some other temaes. I will let you know how it goes.

 

Resigned as President

I was elected President of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Norway Association in 2006, and re-elected for another two year term in 2007. The 27th of January, I resigned my post as President and my membership of said organization.

The reason I felt I could no longer lead the association, was a longstanding conflict with the Chief of Administration. Since her election in January 2007, she has sent numerous e-mails with groundless complaints and accusations to the board and sometimes others. Additionally, she has repeatedly gone against board decisions on how to use e-mail, but the worst part of this is that she only sent the e-mails to some of the members and not all of them. The board has received one written complaint about this from a member that did not receive her e-mails. In addition, these e-mails contained her subjective opinions and misleading information presented as the truth or the board’s opinion. It has taken a lot of time and resources to clear out the misunderstandings and anger she has caused. For me, this culminated when she and a group of unknown members sent a report to the mother organization in Japan. This report was never presented the board. Furthermore, the report was written in Japanese although the association’s official language is English. This prevented the majority of the board from reading and understanding the content of the report. In Norway, this would be considered a highly disloyal action against the board and the general meeting.

In addition, I strongly object to the way this was treated in the mother organization. The report was shown to the head family without giving the board of the Norwegian Association or myself an opportunity to comment on it. The first I heard of the report was in a letter from the mother organization. They wished to convey advice and instructions based on the report. The advice and instructions had a very strong accusatory touch to them.

At the general meeting on January 27th, I asked that the Chief of Administration resign her position and apologize for her behaviour or that the board expel her from the association. Otherwise I would resign both my Presidency and membership. As the Chief of Administration showed no remorse, and the board was unwilling to take such strong action, I resigned my position.

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 of charge, if you for some reason feel that you should pay a little something for the lessons you can donate in my name to:

  • Chado Urasenke Tankokai Norway Association on account: 1645.12.89539
  • Wikipedia.org at this url