Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cha-no-yu Demonstration, Nov. 2012

Full of inspiration from attending Hakone Daichakai, we offered a demonstration of Cha-no-yu at the Ink People Center for the Arts on Nov. 4. We were quite pleased to recognize some familiar faces. One new attendee was a student of Eureka High School who is working diligently to reestablish Sister Cities relations between Eureka, Calif., and Kamisu, Japan. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

One Moon in a Thousand Waters: Hakone Daichakai 2012

In late October we attended the annual Daichakai at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, Calif. — a large, multi-school tea gathering. We attended presentations by Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakojisenke schools, plus one from a small, relatively new school, Dainippon Chadogakkai which, as they put it, takes the best from the larger schools. We were able to attend a seki (seating) in the three-mat tea house, Shougetsu-an, in which the Dainippon Chadogakkai presentations were given. The tiny tea house was much too intimate to accommodate photography, but our other seki are represented below and in this album.

Lovely kimono in the garden

Mushakojisenke presentation, Lower House
Kakemono "Koro Koro"

Aka Fuji natsume, lacquered by Nakamura Sotetsu
Mushakojisenke presentation, Lower House

Wagashi in the shape of a chrysanthemum
Urasenke presentation, Wisteria Pavilion

New tech meets tradition
Urasenke presentation, Wisteria Pavilion

Kakemono "One moon reflected in a thousand waters."
Urasenke presentation in the Wisteria Pavilion
overlooking the koi pond and Moon Bridge.

Arrangement in the waiting room
Omotesenke presentation, Lower House Roji

Omotesenke presentation, Lower House Roji

Kakemono "One moon reflected in a thousand waters."
Omotesenke presentation, Lower House Roji

Monday, November 12, 2012

Green Haiku

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is seeking up to four (4) poets to create Haikus or short poetry to broaden public thinking about reuse, recycling and a greener environment. The poems will be featured as part of the annually-changing art panels at Seventh Avenue and West Glenrosa Street and on an art billboard devoted to images about recycling along Grand Avenue. The “Green” Haiku will be displayed at these and possibly other sites for at least one year.

Deadline:  Friday, December 7, 2012, 4:00 PM Arizona time

To download the full call go to (You will be asked to fill out a short Web form.  This is so we can contact you should any changes be made to the RFQ. Once completed, a PDF document will open).

For questions please contact Jeanine Garcia, Public Art Project Assistant at 602-534-5084, email

For questions concerning the procurement process please contact Scott Steventon at 602-534-8334, email