Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy New Year of the Ram

Japanese dorei (clay bells) in the shape of the Twelve Zodiac Animals

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

'Wabi-sabi: Tea Ceremony Ceramics' Exhibit in Arcata

This month, enjoy Lauryn Axelrod's exhibit of Wabi-sabi: Tea Ceremony Ceramics at the Fire Arts Center in Arcata.

Chawan on display in the gallery

A variety of shapes and glazes




Surrounded by pottery in progress, Axelrod offered a demonstration of Chanoyu, a discussion on wabi-sabi and Chado, the Way of Tea, in the studio's working space.

Wabi-sabi: Tea Ceremony Ceramics continues through Feb. 12, 2015 at The Fire Arts Center, 520 South G Street, Arcata, Calif. Call 707-826-1445 for information.

Read more: Perfectly Imperfect — Lauryn Axelrod's wabi-sabi vessels at Fire Arts Center

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Forecast is Green for 2015

Matcha (CC BY-SA 3.0)


Green food, that is: Kalette, pot, and green tea are trending foods for 2015.

Tea is making the food trend lists from CBS to NPR. Takepart.com listed matcha as one of "four foods for health nuts." World Tea News reports that tea was gaining ground in 2014 and will continue to do so this year.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Early Sakura Blooms

California had a particularly dry winter, which may account for early blooming of our local cherry trees.

For the past several years we have held a Tea Ceremony demonstration and Ohanami, or cherry blossom viewing, on the Old Town Gazebo in April. This year, however, it seems the trees will be finished with their blooms before we can organize that event. They're in full bloom now!






Don't wait. Take a stroll, grab a sandwich and have lunch under the trees now before they're finished blooming.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!

Demons out! Luck in!

In case you saw no Oni at which to throw your soybeans, here are some.





We didn't see any oni either, so that's good. Happy Setsubun!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Looking for the Hakone Daichakai? Try here:



[UPDATE] The Hakone Gardens site appears to be fine (http://hakone.com/events/upcoming-events.html). Perhaps it was a browser-cache issue on my part. Perhaps it was gremlins. We may never know.

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"Something happened."

That's what a friend of mine likes to say when she can't quite find the words to express herself. I like to use the phrase when I can't find an explanation.

Seems something happened to the Hakone.com website, so if you're looking for information about the 2013 Hakone Daichakai tea gathering, try looking here:

http://www.midorikai.org/Hakone_Chakai_2013.html

Registration closes soon, so make your reservations quickly! We hope to see you there.