Japan. Travel futures and logs!


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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby blairswhitaker » Jul 13th, '14, 09:34

My first semester is drawing to a close, I will have my final class of the semester on monday. here are a few images from an unlearned student of tea.

First day of school, these three students and I will make up our class for the year we will spend together immersed in the world of chado.
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receiving a bowl of tea at an outdoor seki held for hideyoshi's memorial.
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descending hideyoshi's memorial site
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attending a chaji,
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purification
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Kumpai!!! the welcoming reception for incoming students
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receiving my custom tailored scholarship Kimono.
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rainy day chaji.
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contemplating my lot in life, wearing youfuku.
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the gauken students, (Japanese resident's) hosting a end of semester chakai.
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serving tea at the urasenke international convention.
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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby Chip » Jul 13th, '14, 13:27

blairswhitaker, as I neglect too often to do, thank you so much for sharing so much and so often of your experiences in Japan. I am sure many of us are very intrigued and at least a bit jealous (though I am sure this is not the spirit of your journey). :mrgreen:
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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby JBaymore » Jul 13th, '14, 14:54

Who's jealous? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby Chip » Jul 13th, '14, 18:42

Is "envious" a more acceptable term? :oops:
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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby JBaymore » Jul 13th, '14, 18:52

Chip wrote:Is "envious" a more acceptable term? :oops:



NO! :lol:

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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby blairswhitaker » Jul 14th, '14, 06:04

thanks for finding the appeal in all of this. I would say rather than be jealous or envious use it as motivation to never give up pursuit of your dreams, and dare to dream big. never limit yourself based on thinking something is out of reach or to "crazy" an idea.

I would end countless lessons with my sensei with a conversation that went something like this,

"how can I deepen my practice?
I get a few hours with you a week, and then I rarely have time to practice at home.
how do move forward with my tea? how do I find a way to improve? I feel stagnant with my progress.
I can't find enough time to practice between work, girlfriend, family, ect... ect... "

this was my sensei's answer, eat, sleep, and breath tea for a year with nothing else on the books. This was in many ways a difficult decision to make, leaving my rather comfortable life in america to spend a year in tea boot camp. but here I am, and it honestly exceeds so many of my dreams at this point.
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Re: Japan. Travel futures and logs!

Postby rdl » Oct 7th, '14, 10:59

Highly recommended for both the collection and gracious directors who provide a warm welcomed to their visitors.
Kano Museum of Art
http://www.art-kano.jp/8.html
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