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Event Album: 2018 Fall Gathering: 10/06/2018
Event Note

 Our old Tea Ceremony, just like other cultures, has been modified yet its traditional forms remained. So as the philosophy and spirit. It’s no longer just for higher class people but has been adapted and carried by “ordinary people”. I suspect that is why the culture has survived this long. We certainly appreciate the opportunity.
Having experienced and advanced level tea servers in our member is definitely beneficial to us especially when we have a special event such as Nodate. Today, our servers demonstrated “Chabako (Tea Box)” following “Hana-shoboh (a form of flower arrangement by a head guest upon request by the server) by Atsuko-san. Chabako – Tsuki demae, considered the most elegant form of Chabako called “Moon”, was served by Taeko-san followed by Yuriko-san’s Chabako – “Wakei”. Today’s special guest was Scott-san who has been studying “Chado (Tea Ceremony)” for over 20 years. And to our delightful surprise, he helped us during the service by explaining the forms and procedure to our guests in English. Not just because he speaks perfect English and has knowledge of Chado but also he has such soothing tone of voice that he was naturally perfect for the job.
Today’s temperature was regretfully not favorable for us to sit outside for the ceremony, so we had moved the set-up to indoors. But we certainly enjoyed such an elegant ceremony which helped us imagine the perfect autumn atmosphere.
The potluck, as our most favorite and exiting event with many variety surprises, was indeed filled with lots of delicious food. When all of the 26 guests left the Mori’s residence 4 hours later, I’m sure everyone was well satisfied with what they had experienced today. For that, we’d like to thank to the Mori-sans and the 3 tea servers who organized today’s special Nodate.
Midori Shinye
 古くから伝われている茶道は他の文化と同じ様に長年の間随分変化がありましたが伝統的な流れは変わっていません。それは茶道の悟りと精神においてもそうだと思われます。元々は高貴なクラスの社会で始まった茶道はそのうち一般人の社会に取りこまれ引き継がれてきたからこそ、この様に何百年もの間持続したのだと思います。私達はそれ故大変貴重に感じています。 私共の会に長年の経験と熟成した茶道技術を持つメンバーにいて頂くということは、特に「野点」の様な特別なイベントの際、会にとっては大変有難いと思います。今日は篤子さんによる「花所望: 亭主からお花を入れて頂ける旨依頼されて(正)客が茶花を生けるお点前」の後「茶箱」のお点前をして頂きました。妙子さんには茶箱の中でも一番優雅とされる月点前をして頂き、その後由利子さんには和敬点前をして頂きました。今日のスペシャルゲストは20年以上茶道を修業していらっしゃるスコットさんで、有難いことにゲストにお点前を英語で説明して下さいました。綺麗な英語が出来て茶道を十分知っていらっしゃるだけでなく、スコットさんは大変穏やかな声をお持ちなのでその役目にピッタシだと感じました。 残念ながら今日の気温は外で野点を楽しむには適切ではなかった為屋内に会場を変更しましたが、パーフェクトな秋の様子が想像できる様な大変優雅なお点前を拝見できて良かったです。 皆さんが一番楽しみにしているポットラックは案の定沢山の種類と驚かされる料理で一杯でした。26名の参加者が森さん宅を出る頃には皆大変満足していたに違いありません。今日の野点の会場を提供して頂いた森さんご夫婦とお点前をして頂いた3名のサーバーの方々に心から感謝を致します。 新江 緑 会長 
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