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

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