Apr 11, 2014

Pottery Tour of Japan

Japan Pottery/Craft Tour

 with

 Seattle Potter Rob Fornell

The tour will depart the US June 27th, 2014 and will return approximately two weeks later on July 9th
2014 for a total of 13 days and 12 nights with the entry port in Japan, yet to be determined, being either Narita Int’l Airport, or Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

All participants need to furnish their own roundtrip airfare and one week rail pass with all tour members REQUIRED to have a one week Japan Rail Pass voucher in hand at time of departure. The pass is unavailable in Japan.

While participants are free to choose their own travel agent when booking flights, highly recommended is Suzuki-san at Sankei Travel in Seattle.

Please notify by email Rob Fornell your interest in the tour to receive updated information as it becomes available. A deadline for commitment and payment of funds will be set for Spring 2014 and as the tour has a minimum enrollment quota, should that number not be reached, I reserve the right to cancel the tour at which any and all monies paid as deposit shall be refunded in full. Finally, in order to ensure the best possible experience for travelers, the maximum number of people is 8.

Apr 3, 2014

Issoan Tea School Events

Sunday,  April 6, 10 am, Kimono exchange at Issoan Tea School

Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm, Camellia Festival Chado presentation.  Saturday class meets at Chehelem Cultural Center for presentation.

Thursday, April 17, 1:00-4:00, Sakura Festival Chado information booth, Clark College, Vancouver,WA.

Tuesday, April 22, NO CLASS

Sunday, April 27, 10:00 am, Introduction to Chado Final Chakai, Portland Japanese Garden.  Please arrive by 9:30 am.

Don't forget, intermediate class is moved to Thursday nights.  April 3rd, and May 1 class will be held Eastside Portland at Kate's house.


Mar 5, 2014

From the archives

I was reading through the blog and checking the stats.  There are a few posts that I think deserve more visibility, so here are a few from the archives:

Six years ago:

The nature of things
There are no shortcuts
Order from chaos
Straight shooting
On receiving teaching
Observing vs. doing

Five years ago:
In the winter suggest warmth
Chado, a way of life
Reduce, recycle, reuse, and repair
Pay attention to what you are doing

Four years ago: 
Knowing contentment
What do you love?
Before Rikyu
Just put the flowers in

Three years ago:
Starting over
There is more to life
The power of commitment
Expert Tea Master

Two years ago:
Telling stories
Furyu
Upon entering the tearoom
Paradox that is the way of tea

One year ago:
Gomei discussion
The true way of tea
Paring back to the essential
Disaster in the tea room

Whew, that is a lot of links.  I also posted some links for the discussion in the comments.   Take your time.  Even browse a little more in the archives.   Coming up in May is the seventh anniversary of the blog and also coming up soon, 500th post.  I will have to think of something special.






Feb 25, 2014

Feb 24, 2014

In memory of











Meanwhile behind the scenes.....


Take home gift