Nov 21, 2013

Catching up

As promised here are some of the other activities from this fall: (warning another image heavy post.

In October I went to the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle.  There were a lot of tea enthusiasts and presentations and tea tastings.  While in Seattle we visited a few of the tea shops as well.

I was also lucky enough to be invited to a few private tea tastings as well

The annual Aki Masturi was also held at a local Buddhist temple where ikebana was on display, tea was served and sale of local ceramics

Christy sensei came for koshukai (more detail on that in another post).  

I attended another kimono dressing workshop with a teacher that uses only himo, no clips, no elastic.  I felt more secure and everything stayed in place for all day. So now I am getting rid of all of my clips and elastic.

The kumihimo (braided ties for obijime, for example) will be rescheduled to November 30th, but I tried it on my own with my kit for the workshop.  I am getting hooked on it. Can't wait for the workshop.

And last weekend was Robiraki, the opening of the winter hearth. There were 3 seatings in my little 4.5 mat room.  Sweet zenzai for the sweets, koicha and usucha. Now is the time for the warmth of the ro in the tea room.  Thank you to Karla who assisted with the preparations and helped the younger students get dressed in kimono.


Whew! that's a lot of photos. And we are not done yet.  Please look at the left sidebar to see other activities for the rest of the year.


  1. Thanks for the update! I have that same kumihimo kit - I've been having fun with it but I haven't yet made any finished items with it. Besides obijime, are there other tea-related cords that can be made this way?

    1. Katie, Thank you for your comment. I have checked a few books out from the library and I am experimenting with other kumihimo braids. I made two keychains so far and a lot of yarn braids. I am hoping to get good enough to attempt an obijime, but also cords for shifuku, especially the nagao for the chawan for my chabako kit. Also, see the cords for the chatsubo? They are getting soft and worn out. I'd like to get good enough to replace them, too. Other uses of kumihimo? How about ropes to hang your gong? Ties for your basket for shikishidate set? Himo for your haori? How about himo for dogu boxes? Himo to wrap around your scrolls? Let me see if I can think of any more.