Author Archives: Michelle Racich

NP Gazebo

Sixth tea ceremony of 2020. I see IG posts of tea prepared outside, not matcha, but other steeped teas. The photos make it look so inviting. I was curious about how that feels, making tea outside, in the cold. Could it even work with a Japanese tea ceremony? Would the water stay hot enough? Could […]

A Quick Note for First-Timers

If you’re here for the first time and you’d like to read about my year of tea ceremonies from the beginning, I recommend you start with Tea Is For Everyone!

The Yellow House

Fifth tea ceremony of 2020: Today’s Japanese tea ceremony was held in the shrine room at the Yellow House, home of the Omena Karma Kagyu Buddhist Study Group. The shrine room is exactly what it sounds like, a room with an altar for many statues of Buddhas and deities and Tibetan holy things. My specific […]

Sauna Tea

Third tea ceremony of 2020: The answer is 42. I had planned to do this week’s tea ceremony at an event hosted by a local resort. The event was cancelled, leaving me without a weekly tea ceremony location. I was a little panicked, since this is only the third week and already I could potentially […]

An Auspicious Day

Second tea ceremony of 2020: This afternoon I had the pleasure of hosting a Japanese Tea Ceremony at the home of a lovely couple celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. We shared a simple obon temae (tray service) called shin, which means truth. The chawan (bowls) were two from my personal collection. They are vintage bowls. […]

First Tea Ceremony of 2020

First tea ceremony of 2020: New year’s day, Shorewood, IL, near the place of my birth, at the home of my love’s family. This morning’s tea began just after 10a central time. We didn’t party too hard last night, so early rise to prepare was easy for me. We set up in the living room. […]

Tea Is For Everyone!

My name is Michelle. I own a teashop. I love Japanese tea ceremony. After a 20 year search for a tea teacher, I began my training with Roo Sensei. That was nine years ago. During that time, I have trained almost weekly, on my own and with Roo Sensei‚Äôs oversight. I am a slow student. […]