Canberra Group tea demonstration at the Japanese Embassy (Friday 05 November )

The tea demonstration was part of a large reception with the theme “Sharing your experience of Japan”, in Japanese 日本の魅力発信. There were two sittings for the demonstration using misono tana provided by the Embassy. Many other implements were provided by the Embassy. 
The calligraphy on the kakejiku read “seiza ichimi no tomo” (清坐一味友)meaning when gathered in a sacred space (a tea room), friends become one by drinking tea made with the hot water from the same kettle. The sweets served on the day were otoshibumi (落とし文).
The main guests at the first sitting were Ambassador Yamagami and his wife. The main guests at the second sitting were the Canadian High Commissioner Glauser and his wife. 
Many members assisted with serving sweets and tea preparation under the direction of Kyoko sensei.

Canberra Group – Hatsugama 2020

Hatsugama report – Canberra Group

Our hatusgama was held on Sunday, 9 February 2020.

12 attendees squeezed into the yo jyo-han tatami tea room. The day began with a serving of home made Hanabira mochi, followed by “nagaita so kazari” koicha temae performed by Kyoko McKay. 9 attendees were served koicha with newly acquired akaraku shima dai chawan. The other three attendees enjoyed koicha in black raku chawan whisked by Mr Shibata.

After Koicha, the attendees enjoyed a ten shin lunch prepared by Mr Shibata and Kyoko McKay.

The attendees separated into two groups after lunch, one group practiced yo jyo han kagetsu and the another group practiced Misono tana with Mr Shibata.
The hatsugama went smoothly and everyone seemed very satisfied.

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Newcastle Group – Hatsugama 2020

Newcastle Group – Hatsugama Keiko report 2020

The first of the New Year gatherings was held at Shizue Sensei ‘s house on the 13th of January. It was hot in Newcastle but a perfect day for celebrating the start of the new year. Five students attended the gathering. Otemae was Nagaita sokazari using Shimadai chawan.

We all enjoyed Shizue Sensei’s handmade delicious Hanabira Mochi.

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Hatsugama 2020 – Sydney Ryoko Group

On Sunday, 2 February 2020, we had Hatsugama at Leura.
Hatsugama(初釜) – first tea ceremony of the year.

Sydney Ryoko Group

It was a hot day, the temperature was 36 degrees. Even though 25 people joined koicha. Sachiko did temae and Megumi, Yuko and Irina helped mizuya. After koicha, we enjoyed lovely kaiseki tenshin, cooked by Mr. Shibata with Yoshi and Tamaki. Students separated into three groups. One group studied kazucha, the other did temae with Nagomi-dana and 4 and a half tatami mats’ group did hakobi-usucha. Ms. Toshimori showed Hayami-ryu temae.

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