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Hatsugama: The first tea of the year

Another Ordinary Day in Paradise (c) photo courtesy of Helen Hasenfeld It is a chilly, sunny, Sunday afternoon. I am to join friends at Hatsugama, the first tea event of the year. I enter the 450 year old Daitokuji Monastery and see men and women wearing formal kimono. But, what is this? I don’t know any of these people. Are they’re thinking, “What is he doing here?” They are all happily chatting. Finally, a familiar face—Takeuchi-san...

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A Four Matcha Afternoon
Jan28

A Four Matcha Afternoon

My hands are arguing with my mind as I type this, because I can't type fast enough—too many experiences in too short a time. At 3:00pm, I arrived at Daitoku-ji Monastery for a monthly tea event.  I chatted with the kimono-clad volunteer registration person, a young professional scroll mounter.  He invited me to see his workshop. We event participants then entered the tearoom.  Like other tea events regularly held at temples...

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