Chakai for 30 th Anniversary of the sisterhood of Wollongong and Kawasaki

On Wednesday, 4 July 2018, in Wollongong Art Gallery.

To celebrate the 30 th Anniversary of the sisterhood of Wollongong and Kawasaki City, the
President of Urasenke Kawasaki Chapter, Mr. Tetsuro Kato, held Chado demonstrations in
Wollongong. Mr. Kato invited the Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Cr. Gordon Bradbery OAM,
and Kawasaki City Mayor Fukui and his delegation. Association members helped with the
event.

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Hatsugama 2018

On Sunday, 4 February 2018, we had Hatsugama at Leura Hatsugama(初釜) – first tea ceremony of the year.

This meeting is seen as something very special. Hatsugama is the only time when the tea teacher him or herself prepares tea for all her students. In most cases this tea ceremony is a complete Chaji meeting with Kaiseki meal, Nakadachi breaks, and the whole ritual done the way it was learned during classes. It is impossible to teach the whole Chaji at once, therefor it is always broken up into practicing how to prepare Usucha, Koicha, and arranging the charcoal in Sumidemae.

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