Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Horai Center to Represent Eureka at Kamisu Celebration

Horai Center will represent the City of Eureka, California, at a ceremony celebrating its Sister City of Kamisu, Japan on Aug. 1, 2015 as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of incorporation. 

Below is a video produced by Eureka television station News Channel 3, with a look back to the beginnings of the Sister City relationship begun in 1991 with then-mayor Nancy Flemming. 


We look forward to sharing this celebration with our fellow Eurekans and all of Humboldt County. If you haven't already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Timeless Hour

Scroll and flower arrangement
Ichi-go ichi-e (one chance, one meeting)

This week we had the pleasure to present a demonstration of Cha-no-yu at the Humboldt State University Library. The Library's Lifelong Learning program organizes short lunchtime programs for the college campus and surrounding community. We shared Tea with 40 or so people in the beautiful Fishbowl meeting room. One attendee drove from Smith River, about an hour away.

The enthusiasm and interest in Cha-no-yu was wonderful but bittersweet since we had only an hour to make introductions, demonstrate a short procedure (Chabako, or "picnic tea") and then answer a few questions. But for that short time we slowed our pace and focused on the present, something we don't always do at lunch.

The Fishbowl meeting room at the Humboldt State University library

Demonstration of Chabako, or picnic tea

Explanation of shomen, the front of an object
Photo courtesy of Kumi Watanabe-Schock

Time for questions and answers 

Haiken — appreciation of the natsume (tea container)
Photo courtesy of Kumi Watanabe-Schock

Haiken — appreciation of the natsume (tea container)
Photo courtesy of Kumi Watanabe-Schock

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

To Make a Long Story Short, Join Us For Tea

It feels as though this should begin with a confession: It has been two years since our last tea demonstration.

Two years ago we had good momentum and enthusiasm for our projects, especially the re-energized Eureka-Kamisu Sister City committee. After a good start, things seemed to stall. Later, we had a death and illnesses in our families. We lost our enthusiasm for outreach and fell out of touch with an unraveled Sister City committee. Things still must have been going on behind the scenes, however, and this spring we received a surprising phone call from the Eureka mayor's office that they had received a letter from the city of Kamisu.

It is a wonderful feeling to know that the relationship has been re-energized, and along with it our zeal for sharing the Tea Ceremony with the public. Please join us at the Humboldt State University Library Fishbowl on Wed., July 1, from noon to 1:00 p.m. We will share tea and an update on the Sister City association. Visit our Facebook event page for more details, or email horai.center@gmail.com

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.