Monthly Archives: October 2017


We welcomed twin sisters from Israel today at our Wagashi making workshop. They decided to spend some time in Japan before going off to college. Their classes will start next month and they will major in Biology at the same college. The sisters seem to get along well and were smart and pleasant to talk to. We had a wonderful time having them as they are our first guests from Israel. The chat after the workshop was fun and informative as we talked about our respective countries. There is a military draft system in Israel and it applies to women […]

Tour Report – Oct. 9th, 2017


  Hosts go through many preparations to ready the tea ceremony room for the guests. An important step is to select a hanging scroll which adorns the “tokonoma” or an alcove of the tea ceremony room that is considered as the most honored space. Hanging scrolls are generally written by monks with experience or calligraphers using Zen words or classical Chinese poems. Hosts choose the appropriate writing to express their message for the guests. The messages are normally very simple but they can leave vast space for interpretation. Each guest is allowed to appreciate in his/her own way. A very […]

The main attraction in the tea ceremony is a hanging ...