I started my chanoyu lessons!
The lessons take place in a soo non-obvious place, a store located infront of the St-James Church, on Ste-Catherine street, on the 4th floor of an anonymous building. A Japanese store!!! 8-) I was like a kid released in a candy shop!!
We started by learning the basics of basics. There is so much to learn, it is an art itself. We learned how to fold the chakin (a "rug" to clean the teaware during the ceremony), to sit on the tatamis (seiza), salute, hold the chawan (bowl of tea), drink and of course, got to enjoy a great bowl of matcha... 8-)~ And as you can tell, we learn a bit of Japanese too. :-)
I acquired myself a really nice sensu (fan) that contains the "One Hundred Poems" written by Sen Rikyu. These are basically rules for tea drinking.
Eventually, I can have people over at my place for tea ceremony. As I'll evolve, it'll get more complex. Maybe you want to start joining now? :-) Anyway, manifest your interest here or by email to enjoy a moment of zen, of purety (sei) where you can be my guest (okyakusama) and fill yourself with the present moment. Don't be shy...
On a related note, there will be a tea ceremony demonstration held at the Hilton Bonaventure on Oct. 1st, given by the Montreal Chado Urasenke Tankokai association. I have my ticket and if you want to join me, you might want to manifest yourself now! Tickets are 12$ and I can obtain them for you, especially if you are serious and not last minute... :-) Who wants to fill themselves with beauty, spirituality, zen and purity?