Saturday, November 5, 2011 was a beautiful fall day on which to open up Japan House and share tea ceremonies, garden tours and a fascinating presentation on Japanese incense containers used in the tea ceremony.
The Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association served many, many bowls of tea at a special reduced fee of $5.00 (and free for Tomonokai members). Tea was served outside as well as inside the two main tea rooms of Japan House. We are most grateful to the Tankokai---without them we would never be able to share the Way of Tea with so many people!
Professor Emeritus, as well as Tea Master and artist, A. Doyle Moore gave presentations on kogo, tiny Japanese incense containers used in the tea ceremony. He had also created a number of kogo to be sold to help support Japan House. Thank to Doyle-Sensei and all of those who purchased a kogo of their own!
Thanks also to Jim Bier who led garden tours in the afternoon. If you didn't make it, or haven't been to Japan House this fall, try to visit before the leaves are all gone. The Japanese maples are so red this year that they almost don't look real! It is a wonderful chance to find a moment of peace in the face of such beauty.
We'll have lots of pictures from Open House coming soon and we will share them here and on our facebook page.