Apr 30, 2014

NEW Class! Beginning Chado: Tray Style

The Beginning Chado: Tray Style class begins on Wednesday May 7.
In this class, students are introduced to the principles of making tea, including how to fold fukusa, purification of tea utensils and closing procedures.

Students will also learn good mizuya habits, as well as preparation of the tea room, and cleaning up.

There will be more emphasis on the guest role and we will cover topics such as flower arranging for tea, making sweets, kimono dressing  and other cultural studies.

It is helpful to have taken the Introduction to Chado class, but not necessary. Please bring  Fukusabasami (guest kit) and white socks to class.  If you do not have a fukusabasami, one will be provided.

Beginning Chado: Tray style
Wednesdays 7-9 pm for 10 weeks, starting May 7, 2014
Fees:  $250
Issoan Tea Room, 17761 N.W. Marylhurst Ct., Portland, OR 97229
Instructor: Margie Yap

Please reserve your place now,  with a $50 deposit,  in the left hand column.  Balance due at the first class.

If you have questions, please email Margie, or call 503-645-7058

Apr 11, 2014

Pottery Tour of Japan

Japan Pottery/Craft Tour


 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.