Diary: New Year Tea Ceremony at Matsuka-sensei’s house

Studying tea ceremony… I’m not sure if studying is the right word, maybe practicing, refining or just enjoying… with a wonderful circle of folks.

Together, we enjoy refining the sequence, admiring the artifacts, eating lunch (fabulous of course), and in some cases also practicing/refining/studying/enjoying wearing kimono.

This was a special one to kick off the new year. So lovely (other riffs elsewhere in this archive). 

My sweet Ryoko riffed out a riff, ergo:

明けましておめでとうございます。
今年は日本で、デイブさん初のお正月らしいお正月を迎えました(^^)
お正月は休みかなー?と彼がぼやくくらい、年末年始にかけてあちらこちらへ出かけました。途中ダウンもしましたが、最終イベントの初釜に夫婦で参加する事が出来ました🍀
師匠の松木先生は昨年中頃よりお稽古を再開してくださり、初釜もしてくださり、本当にありがたい限りです。毎年のように思いますが、先生のようなスーパーウーマンになれるよう、今年も精進していきたいと思います。

本年もどうぞ宜しくお願いします。

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Meanwhile, sometime in Taisho era…

special kimono socks & special kimono sandals / specifically designed for this purpose for centuries as it goes / Also noting that “western” hats with Japanese kimono were a thing for a few decades in the early 1900s – hence Taisho era reference

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Matsuka-sensei’s shrine in her home where we do the tea ceremony.

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insta-photo of above shrine
Ryoko, me and Matsuka-sensei
Matsuak-sensei, Me and ummm… another wonderful obaachan
3 kimono queens – Mitsuko, Ryoko and Sachiko