|The last Tea Workshop was held at Galleria Community Room but I've brought it back to my Woodstock home this time because no members from Poughkeepsie area reserved and so we could use the appropriate table set for a practice.
Today with 2 members attended, we had studied Ryu-rei-style, a casual form used a table and chair, by following a text book exclusively written for formal Ryu-rei. I was hoping to have the table (which I was lucky enough to find portable one with perfect height) with a black coated top (because that looks much more sophisticated just like the book) but unfortunately I didn't have enough time to get it, so I used white tablecloth to cover it this time. I will have it ready by the next workshop.
Because there are many people who have a trouble sitting on knees due to leg or back aches, I think Ryu-rei-style Tea Ceremony would become more popular in the future.
Today's Matcha-tea was "Goun-no-shiro" packed by Kanbayashi, and Chagashi (Tea Dessert) was "Kimi-Shigure".
Tea Workshop Instructor
(translated by Midori Shinye)