thanks for the detailed information. it has been interesting to read your contributions.
"if you're looking down into the chawan, you're whisking from 1 o'clock to 5 o'clock"
i can't quite picture this movement. could you try to explain it again differently.
I have found a Youtube clip of me doing koicha. Unfortunately the whisking action for koicha is only for about 6-7 seconds (as the clip was truncated), but it might give you a better idea of what I was trying to convey. I think a moving image will present a much better instruction than trying to write it down.http://youtu.be/f4rDW8E6yI0
Look very closely at the clip at 1:30, where I begin to whisk the koicha.
Hope that helps,