Monday, June 4, 2012

Distance Learning

We may whinge about our remoteness from centers of Japanese culture and tea ceremony education ("DIY Ryurei"), but we closed the gap a little bit with a video chat during our weekly practice.

Laura practices Chabako temae in Eureka, Calif., while
Melanie watches from her chashitsu near Seattle, Wash.

Harvey-sensei provides narration and instruction.

After dogu was presented for haiken, we turned the laptop
toward the guests so Melanie could watch them.

Video chat is not an ideal way to teach or learn the Tea Ceremony, but it helped facilitate a demonstration of procedures and the exchange of questions and answers afterward.

Next week: Kansas!
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