I have also been learning 'sado' here in Melbourne, Australia, through the Ueda Soko Ryu school of tea, a smaller tea school originating from the samurai class, with its headquarters in Hiroshima. My sensei, with the help of his father, had a chashitsu (tea-room) built into his apartment. Amazing!
If you wish to look at how our school works in our Australia branch, here is the website: http://www.uedaryumelb.com/
My sensei is also hoping to get a Sydney branch of the school going too, which is exciting news!
I have been learning sado intensively for just over 2 years now, and I thoroughly enjoy it. Through sado, it has broadened my knowledge and understanding behind the Japanese culture and language. It also quietens my mind of everything in this hectic Western capitalist society of ours! Furthermore, I just love drinking matcha and green tea, period!!
The school has been around for hundreds of years. It follows a philosophy that cha-no-yu should have no wasted movements, as a way of purifying the mind, body and soul, while performing the temae (procedure).
My sensei is now preparing me to head to Hiroshima in April 2013, to meet our Iemoto-sama (Grandmaster) and to receive my first qualification. In our school, I believe there are 5 qualifications to master. I have yet a long way to go!!! I am very excited, yet very nervous at this prospect too. As well as learning sado, in the meantime, I have also been studying the Japanese language intensively so as to have a good grasp of the language when I finally land there.
I look forward to furthering my knowledge of sado and hope to continue to do so for a long time to come.