For more than 15 years, we have studied Chado, The Way of Tea. I speak for myself but I'm sure my husband will not disagree with me when I say that Chado has informed much of our personal philosophies, infusing our lives with a unique perspective and aesthetics that would be otherwise absent in our small town-Californian lifestyle. It has been a bridge to many close and lasting friendships and a catalyst for profound learning. Our pilgrimage to Japan put the tea ceremony in context and impressed us with a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. It gave us a better appreciation for the our own culture and America's relationship with Japan.
We practice Chado with a several associates here in Eureka, California (Humboldt County, on Northern California's Redwood Coast). Periodically we organize chakai (gatherings) and seminars in order to share tea with old friends and make new ones. We are also in the process of creating an organization --- with the guidance of our Sensei in Japan, and with our local and Japanese tea friends --- for furthering the study of Tea in America.
If you're going to be in our neighborhood, please drop us a line so that we can meet and, perhaps, share a bowl of tea.
In the Spring of 2003, we were blessed with good fortune --- and the good will of good friends --- and traveled east to the Land of the Rising Sun. Our trip was more than a simple vacation: it was a pilgrimage. Please click on the links below to read more about our journey and all the wonderful places and people we visited.
AmberPost.com Home Chado Our Pilgrimage To Japan TOKYO KYOTO SHIZUOKA
Disclaimer and Excuses: One would think that I'd have these pages completed by now, but I don't.
And although I've made every effort to accurately represent Japanese language, culture and history I'm sure there are bound to be errors. If you find any errors, please email me with the page title so that I can make the correction. Thank you!---H. Harvey