Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Looking for the Hakone Daichakai? Try here:

[UPDATE] The Hakone Gardens site appears to be fine ( 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 website, so if you're looking for information about the 2013 Hakone Daichakai tea gathering, try looking here:

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

'Give it Over To The Fire'

Pottery by Dave Zdrazil

Humboldt County artists open their studios to the public for North Coast Open Studios on the first two weekends in June. This is an annual "must-do" for us.

We usually make a long day of it, visiting as many studios as we can pack in. This year we were limited to just a single day, so we pared our list down to two husband/wife studios: Lorraine Lindley and Mark Young, and Shannon Sullivan and Dave Zdrazil. Mark and Dave's styles are very different, but their pottery is clearly influenced by a Japanese aesthetic. After visiting with these wonderful artists, I wrote a post for the North Coast Journal about our studio tours, 'Give it Over To The Fire.' More photos there too!


Stumbling Through the Internet

Discovered a couple new-to-me websites today and thought I'd share.
About chado, written by tea practitioner and instructor Lauren Deutsch.
About pottery, written by Minesota pottery artist Lee Love.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

April Ohanami Tea Ceremony and Taiko Demonstration

A busy springtime leaves little time for writing! After our demonstration and fundraiser in April we found ourselves busier than usual with little energy or time to spare.

As we settle now to a more normal pace of life we're finding some snippets of time to catch up. Here are some photos from our spring Ohanami Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony and Taiko demonstration.

Tea ceremony demonstration in the lobby
of the historic Vance Hotel,Old Town, Eureka.

Origami crane "adoption" table, with Johnson Tilghman and D'har.
Gary Thawatchai Ronne begins his taiko performance.

A curious onlooker watches Gary Thawatchai Ronne
as he demonstrates taiko.

One of Gary Thawatchai Ronne's taiko drums, made of a wine barrel.

Detail of one of Gary's drums.

The skies threatened to rain on us, so we held our demonstration indoors at the then-vacant Vance Hotel lobby. The Eureka-Kamisu Sister City Association benefitted from our "Adopt A Crane for Kamisu" campaign and we shared cha-no-yu with about 45 people. Taiko performances by Gary Thawatchai Ronne were a special treat.

Many thanks go out Gary and his lovely family for adding the new dimension of taiko to our demonstration; to Johnson Tighlman and the students of Eureka High School who are working to re-boot the Eureka-Kamisu Sister City exchange student program; to our friends (both old and new!) who support our efforts to share tea in Humboldt County; and especially to our "Tea(m) Horai" volunteers without whose help we could not offer these demonstrations.

And yes, the cherry trees were lovely! More photos are on our Facebook page.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Ohanami/Tea Ceremony Demonstration UPDATE

Sunday, April 7, 2013, Noon-2:00 p.m.
Vance Hotel Lobby, 525 2nd St., Old Town, Eureka

A last update as we head into this rainy weekend — yes, the forecast this weekend is for rain —  so no tea outdoors beneath the cherry trees. But we're very fortunate to have the lovely Vance Hotel lobby as our new and larger alternate venue! The Vance is located at 525 2nd St. (between F and G streets) in Old Town, Eureka. Many thanks to Eureka Main Street and the Vance Hotel!

Please join us this Sunday, bring a friend and come adopt an origami crane! Proceeds benefit the Eureka-Kamisu Sister City Association and the Ink People Center for the Arts. See our Facebook event page ( .

If you can't make it this weekend, try to take a moment — soon — to appreciate the beautiful cherry trees on the Gazebo. They're magical!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's Cherry Blossom Time

We're celebrating with a Japanese Tea Ceremony and Taiko Demonstration!

Enjoy the cherry trees on Eureka's Old Town Gazebo with a demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony and traditional Taiko drumming on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 2:00 p.m., Second and F streets in Old Town, Eureka. This event benefits the newly-revitalized Eureka-Kamisu Sister City Association. Kimono or other traditional attire is encouraged.

Presented by the Horai Center for the Study of Pacific Culture, a DreamMaker program of the Ink People Center for the Arts. 

For more information or to participate, email or visit our Facebook event page!

Friday, March 15, 2013


The wind of Mount Fuji 
I've brought on my fan 
A gift from Edo 

— Bashō 

A breath, a breeze. That's how brief it seemed as we presented an introductory course on "Chado: The Japanese Way of Tea" through Humboldt State University's OLLI program.

There is so much to learn about the Way of Tea that it seems impossible to even contemplate such a course, but our intrepid class seemed to enjoy the presentations — from the first aisatsu to the influence of Zen. Each of three two-hour class meetings incorporated a slide show and discussion of history, philosophy and aesthetics followed by a presentation of usucha, or the thin tea ceremony.

Harvey discusses wabi as part of the the philosophy
of Chado. Wabi is always a topic of particular interest,
but is a such a difficult concept to explain!

Awesome hanto prepared many bowls of tea in the mizuya.

A makeshift tokonoma with a Valentine's Day theme.

Laura and Harvey present usucha, the thin tea ceremony

So many books to read!

Laura and Pia in a four-and-a-half mat "room"

Laura and Pia in a four-and-a-half mat "room"

Holly makes tea for Laura and Pia

Pia prepares to make tea for some of the students

Laura, Pia and Holly (Ann, not pictured, was a
hard worker behind the scenes.)

Of the many joys of Chado is the sharing of poetry and art. Several students read haiku in class, and two students were inspired to bring hand-made cards with the haiku featured in this post. Another shared a reading from a book on shodo and ink painting. Before and after class we discussed travel, gardening, pottery … as we should at any tea gathering.

So many memories
flood my mind —
cherry blossoms 

— Bashō


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pan-Asian Pacific Islander Perspectives Festival, March 25-30, 2013

The Pan-Asian Pacific Islander Perspectives week-long festival, sponsored by the HSU Asian Pacific Islander American Student Alliance (A.P.A.S.A.) will gather together, on one common calendar, different events around pan-Asian Pacific Islander (API) ethnicity, and share pan-API resources in Humboldt.

Most events are free and open to the public.

The events throughout the week highlight some different API people in Humboldt County, their perspectives and experiences. It will bring us together to enjoy different cultures, draw attention to the local API community (which can be invisible to many), and to have opportunities for dialogue around what it means to be "Asian Pacific Islander."

Come participate and enjoy music and dance performances, workshops, lectures, art showings, and dance classes, including:

  • Tuesday, March 26, 5 pm, HSU Science B 133: Key Note by Betty Chinn: "Turning Hatred Into Hope, Perspectives of a Survivor of the Cultural Revolution"
  • Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm, HSU Jolly Giant Commons: Non-Stop Bhangra and Dohlrhythms Dance Company, live from SF!

For a full calendar of events, visit the online Zine at On the online Zine, you will also enjoy articles, art, and sharing of reflections highlighting the API community in Humboldt, as well as API resources.

Also visit the facebook page at

Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations, should contact the MultiCultural Center 707-826-3364 or as soon as possible.
Sponsored by HSU Diversity, Associated Students, Dept of Theatre, Film & Dance, MultiCultural Center, Wells Fargo Bank, and All Under Heaven

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Eureka City Council Renews Relationship with Sister City

The Times-Standard reported on Eureka-Kamisu sister cities today:
… [T]he council unanimously approved adopting a resolution reaffirming the sister-city relationship between Eureka and Kamisu, Japan. 
According to an agenda summary, the relationship between Eureka and Kamisu was established in 1991 to promote culture exchange, but has fallen off over the years. In 2010, the city's membership in Sister Cities International lapsed. 
The approved resolution reaffirms the council's support of a continued sister-city relationship with Kamisu and authorizes $500 to re-establish membership in Sister Cities International, a nonprofit that works to connect and strengthen sister cities.
Councilwoman Melinda Ciarabellini said she thought passing the resolution was a wonderful idea. 
"I know a family who hosted Japanese exchange students and it was just so fun to talk with them," she said. "It's amazing all of the things we find we have in common. I am excited about this. I hope we hear from a delegation soon."

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Calligraphy Workshop: Tai Ji and Qi Gong in Motion

Pearl Weng-Liang Huang

Presented by guest artist Pearl Weng-Liang Huang.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
D Street Neighborhood Center, Arcata

Registration: Contact All Under Heaven, (707) 825-7760
$50 Enroll by March 15
$65 Drop in day of workshop
$5 for discount with Student ID
Cost includes all art supplies needed for class. No previous experience needed.

Chinese Folktale Storytelling with Pearl Weng Liang Huang

Meet Pearl for an evening of sharing and reading folk stories from her childhood in Chinese and English. Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 29, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall)
Humboldt State University

About the artist

Pearl Weng Liang Huang will introduce the concept and method of working with brush and ink as a form of moving meditation. Group and individual participation will integrate the practice of chinese calligraphy with Tai Ji and Qi Gong.

Born in China, and trained in Chinese calligraphy, music and the arts, Pearl's life long practice of brush calligraphy as Tai Ji/Qi Gong moving meditation is the tradition of her family’s Living Tao Tai Ji form, and the teachings of her elder brother, Tai Ji Master, Chungliang Al Huang.
“Qi Gong is life force, and Tai Ji movement is the living form of life’s dance harmonizing with nature. Chinese brush calligraphy is Tai Ji and Qi Gong in motion, which can enhance our energy and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual balance.”
Many of the original forms and spiritual meanings of the powerful images of Chinese written language have sustained throughout the ages. Learning to create the symbols of the Chinese language through brush calligraphy is not only an aesthetic expression; it is also a way of life. It can express beauty, emotion, and primordial life force. Practicing Chinese calligraphy is a meditation for us to harmonize with nature and the Dao.

Pearl lives in Taos, New Mexico and offers classes and workshops in her studio, Ru Yi. For more information: or the HSU APASA Site:

This workshop is sponsored by All Under Heaven and is being presented in conjunction with Humboldt State University's Asian Pacific Islander American Student Alliance. This and other events are part of a weeklong festival March 25-30, 2013.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finding Bliss: Chanoyu and Yoga

Click through to enjoy reading this article on the complementary Ways of Tea and Yoga.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Resurrected: Eureka-Kamisu Sister City Committee

The Eureka-Kamisu Sister City relationship will soon be reestablished. A new committee was formed on Jan. 23, 2013 at a meeting at Eureka City Hall. Official communication is pending.

L to R: Fred Nelson, County Supervisor Virginia Bass, Eureka Mayor Frank Jager,
Johnson Tilghman, Harvey II, Holly Harvey, Fred Moore. Not pictured are Tony Smithers,
Gregg and Ann Gardiner and Jay Warren Hockaday.

Thanks to everyone who worked to make this possible again!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Year Wagashi

New year, a time to do new things. Like practice making wagashi! To celebrate Oshogatsu, I made chestnut wagashi.

They were rather tasty! More photos are here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Horai Center Offers Tea Ceremony Course

The Horai Center will be offering a course, “Chado: Japanese Tea Ceremony,” through HSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in February!

Chado, a Japanese cultural practice with roots in Zen Buddhism, involves the ceremonial  preparation and consumption of  powdered green tea, or matcha. Underlying this ritual is a philosophy and practice that can inform and transform daily life. This three-session course will present the instruction necessary for you to enjoy being a guest in a tea gathering.

Instructors: Harvey II and Holly Harvey
Dates: Mondays, Feb. 4, 11 and 18
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fees: $45/members, $70/non-members
Place: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

To register, call OLLI at HSU at (707) 826-5880 (VISA, MC, Discover), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Register online at For more information call (707) 826-5880, visit, or contact us at