Monday, September 22, 2008

And suddenly, it was Shubun no hi

It's hard to believe that it's Autumn already, but the signs are here: Geese are migrating, leaves are turning red and gold, mornings are chilly, hordes of students have swarmed back to Arcata.

Here's a quick update on what we have been doing.

Tea practice during our ersatz summer has been a little irregular (like the weather), but we managed some good practices in Haiken, folding fukusa and working with the ladle. Annie resurfaced after being swamped for weeks with work and a hectic schedule.

For the next few weeks, Laura and Pia are traveling with their respective spouses to different destinations. Perhaps they'll have a tea story from their travels.

In a couple weeks Shana will bring her friend Sylvia to practice. We haven't had tea with them in quite a while.

Harvey and I will also be attending another Chinese tea demonstration with Shuai Chen in a week or so. (More about Shuai's tea here...)

Read more about Shubun no hi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holidays_of_Japan
http://gojapan.about.com/cs/japaneseholidays/a/holidaycalendar.htm
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