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Online Security for the Urasenke Midorikai Alumni OneWorld Chakai


We are aware of the issues that have been reported recently on the Zoom platform.

We understand your concerns and assure you that we share them! Because Zoom has emerged as the primary video conferencing platform for most people conducting work from home over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news about Zoom and the perception of its security flaws.

While it is true that there have been a few highly publicized incidents recently, they are rare on properly structured events. For example, our users at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) are running classes for 40,000 students each week, almost exclusively on Zoom, not to mention meetings and regular research work that is on-going on this platform.

The vast majority of Zoom interactions have taken place without issues and we are confident that in this case, the platform will enable us to experiment with really trying to bring tea people and Midorikai alumni around the world together in real time (if not, sadly, real space) to share tea.

Bottom line: this meeting is being put together by users who have enterprise level, paid accounts and are intimately familiar with the staging of large, online meetings using this platform.

Here are the ways we are addressing security for the Midorikai Alumni OneWorld Chakai:

  • Only hosts and co-hosts (regional moderators) can control the meeting.
  • We are using the waiting-room (machiai) feature to control access to the meeting.
  • Access to the meeting will be allowed only by registered and approved email addresses.
  • The meeting itself is password protected.
  • There will be no file sharing, private chat or annotations (this is controlled by the meeting host)

You can use Zoom in the browser without installing the Zoom plugin or app – when prompted you should see a link to continue in the browser. (The link is very small – you might miss it so don’t blow past it)

Zoom prefers you install the app because audio may not be available when using the service via the web browser (Chrome allows audio, Firefox and Safari may not). If you are using Zoom by web browser only, you may need to make a phone call to the number provided (fees may apply) in order to get the audio portion.

* In any case, you are required to create an account first on Zoom in order to use the Zoom platform *

We are not discussing government, banking or trade secrets and are taking all possible precautions, so we anticipate successfully staging the Midorikai Alumni OneWorld Chakai using the Zoom platform. If you are still uncomfortable participating in the online version, we do invite you to participate offline.

UPDATE: On May 3 you can also watch the OneWorld Chakai live stream on our website or catch the live stream on our Facebook page.

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Konnichian Restoration News and UMAA Donation Drive

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Totsutotsusai dismantled

In 2013 Zabosai Oiemoto sama undertook the historic task of complete refurbishment of the Konnichian complex of tearooms. As these tearooms have been designated Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government, the refurbishment is being treated almost as an archeological endeavor. The massive process has now entered its third of four phases.

From the beginning of this year, work began on the tearooms Totsutotsusai, Dairo no ma, Saya no ma, and the Onsodo. This area of the complex was constructed by eleventh generation Gengensai Seichu Soshitsu. And indeed, as the ceiling of Totsutotsusai was dismantled, wood plaques dated 1801 and 1856 were found in the rafters. Zabosai oiemoto will be adding another plaque of his own before the ceiling is sealed once again.

The dismantling also revealed the exact construction method of its famous ceiling, and confirmed that the wood came from the Goyomatsu five-needled pine trees planted by eighth generation Yugensai Itto on Daitokuji grounds.

The original materials will be preserved to the extent possible. If any have been damaged beyond repair, the new materials will be distressed and stained to match the surrounding. Kabe, clay plaster for the walls, has always been intended to be renewed periodically. This will be done where necessary, for example on some of the interior walls of Totsutotsusai. However, the original plaster will be left in place for the Onsodo and other tearooms.

The foundations for this area were replaced with concrete in 1965. This new foundation will be removed, and the foundation returned to its traditional form.

It is hoped that the restoration will be complete by 2020 in time for the Summer Olympics.

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UMAA Donation Drive

Urasenke Konnichian has established a fund for this historical project to which those wishing to express their support may contribute. At all of the UMAA meetings held thus far, members expressed a desire to connect with the Sen family and to give something back. Here is a concrete opportunity to do just that.

The names of these tearooms no doubt hold precious memories for Midorikai Alumni. We can be part of Urasenke’s long history and future by donating to the project. UMAA has set a goal of $5,000. To date, pledges for $2,500 have already come in. While the goal is now halfway met, how auspicious it would be to make an even more significant donation!

The projected date to offer the UMAA contribution is February 15, 2019, in time for the observation of Rikyu-ki. A list of contributor names only will be sent along with the offering. If you visit the UMAA website, and press the PayPal link, you may make a contribution to preserve this heritage that we love.

Thank you so much for your generosity.