We were pleased to be a part of Morton College's week-long celebration of Asian and Pacific Inlander culture. Students joined us for an hour of tea and conversation.
Shimura Soko Gyotei Sensei lead us through three days of intensive and inspiring study. Christy Bartlett Sensei, the founding director of Urasenke Foundation San Francisco, provided us with invaluable translation. Our gratefulness for their teachings knows no bounds.
We celebrated the occasion with a luncheon and a two day chanoyu seminar lead by Ishikawa Sōjin Gyotei sensei and Ishikawa Sōko sensei.
Lake Forest Library and Ragdale, an artist's community, collaborated with various organizations to sponsor Japanese Cultural events in celebration of the book, "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" by Gail Tsukiyama.
We were very honored to be one of the five associations to host this cross-country event, sponsored by the Urasenke Tankokai Federation and the Chado Urasenke North America Head Office.
We traveled to the Urasenke Headquarters (Konnichian) in Kyoto, Japan to attend the annual memorial tea gathering for Sen Rikyu. We were also honored to participate in a day of tea training from several Urasenke Gyōtei Sensei.
"As we waited to enter the main room in the new Heisei chashitsu, Hounsai Daisosho came in, full of energy, to greet us and shook hands with many of us! He looked incredibly well! This month he will be 92! Our president, among other association representatives, was invited to be a guest in the main room for the first seki, where Zabosai Oiemoto did shozumi/1st charcoal and prepared an offering of tea in the memory of Rikyu, which was taken to the tokonoma by Daisosho. After a short sutra, Oiemoto made a bowl of koicha for the guests. Sweets and tea were brought to the guests by Oiemoto’s youngest son, who is the designated 17th generation and his cousin, who is the son of Izumi-san, Oiemoto’s younger brother. It was an honor for all of us to be there.”
Students of Chanoyu don't just throw away used chasen (tea wisk).Chasen Kuyo is an opportunity for us to show our thankfulness to the chasen and to reflect on all that we depend upon to continue our studies.
We were honored to be asked to host a Chanoyu presentation at Dickinson Hall in Lake Forest, IL. Also present were Reiko Yamada (pianist), Mr. Seki (The Green Teaist), and Director Kaneko (Japanese Information Center).