Tankokai Sydney Association had its very first Members’ Chakai on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Ryokan Gojyuan.
Gojyuan is located on the vibrant main street of Balmain, an inner west suburb of Sydney. Once you step through the front door, you feel as if you are in Japan. Beyond the nice sized lobby area, there is a walkway overlooking a Japanese garden with a carp pond leads to two eight-mat guest rooms and a bathhouse.
More photos you can see in Gallery – Members Chakai at Ryokan Gojyuan
Machiai was set in the lobby and Kaiki (one was written in Japanese on Makigami and the other was in English) were displayed with box lids Kakitsuke were written and Tomozutsu of Chashaku.
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Chado demonstration for Autumn Vibes at Royal Botanic Garden
Date: Sunday, 9 March, 2014
Venue: Herb Garden Pavilion (see attached map)
Time: 11:30 – 3:30 pm on going
We had a great day on Sunday. Sydney Association Members performed chado demonstration for Autumn Vibes in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This is a third year for this event. It was a very hot day consistent with this year’s Autumn Vibes” theme “Africa”.
The venue was a pavilion in the Herb Garden. We set up Misono-dana and many chairs for the audiences. We use Morocco’s mizusashi and sweet container. Natsume is autumn leaves makie. Not many people came to the tea in the morning, but after lunch we had a big crowd. Several VIPs came for tea. Mr. Mitsuo Shojii, the famous Japanese potter, was among them. He enjoyed tea very much with Sogetsu flower School people. Mr. Nao Endo, the director of the Japan Foundation, came as well along with his wife. We performed seven times in total.
More photos you can see in Gallery – Chado demonstration for Autumn Vibes
26 January, 2014 (Sunday) 11:00 am – 14:30 pm, we had Hatsugama at Leura.
Also called Tatezome, the Hatsugama（初釜) is the tea ceremony held to celebrate the New Year.
More photos you can see in Gallery – Hatsugama 2014