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Introducing Ms. Makiko Sakata

Ms. Makiko Sakata Honorary President of the Urasenke Midorikai Alumni Association Makiko Sakata was born in Kyoto in 1987 to Zabosai Soshitsu Sen XVI, sixteenth generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition, and to Masako Sen, second daughter of His Imperial Highness Prince Takahito of Mikasa. After graduating from high school, Ms. Sakata continued her education...

Konnichian Restoration News and UMAA Donation Drive

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...

Alumni News

UMAA Donation Thank You from Urasenke

URASENKE TANKOKAI FEDERATION 682 Teranouchi Tate-cho Horikawa Teranouchi agaru Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0073 Japan June 12, 2019 UMAA Members and Friends The month of June, "Minazuki," has so far brought relatively little rain here in Kyoto, with moderately cool and comfortable weather. It is an opportune time to enjoy a bowl of tea outdoors. Oiemoto and Daisosho were very happy to receive the...

Midorikai Asia Intensive Seminar

Midorikai alumni in Asia organized an intensive seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia April, 27 ~ 28, 2019. Eleven Midorikai alumni and 19 Tankokai Association members participated. Eileen Sung (’97, Singapore), organizer and coordinator, was assisted by Hanna Danudirgo (‘14, Indonesia), local coordinator; and Teti Indriati (Midorikai,Technical University of Indonesia), and Lia Japani (‘91, Bandung University)....

UMAA Kyoto Membership Meeting Summary June 28, 2018

Urasenke Midorikai Alumni Association Kyoto Membership Meeting June 28, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Summary of Meeting Opening Remarks and Introductions Mike Hardy opened the proceedings and introduced Sakata Makiko-sama Welcome Greetings - Sakata Makiko-sama Makiko-sama talked about her thoughts on the importance of "the way" and the 3 characteristics of the practice of "the way": 1) there is...

Hideyoshi and Rikyu

by Yaeko Nogami (Author), Mariko Nishi LaFleur (Translator), Morgan Beard (Translator) Hideyoshi made a strangled noise, words stifled by his rage. . . . [He] flew down from the dais, the toes of his gold brocade socks flashing over ten green grass mats in a second. Soji's body was kicked from the corridor like a...

UMAA Ikkyaku Ittei Tea: Michigan Tankokai 10th Anniversary

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Michigan Association Welcomes North America By Morgan Beard Somon. Chief of Administration for Urasenke Philadelphia Association, and one of the sensei within the Association. Machida Soho Sensei with Anniversary Attendees Lindsey Stirek (Illinois) prepares tea back row left: Lindsey Stirek (Illinois), Christy Soei Bartlett (San Francisco), Rhonda Rolf (Texas),front row left: Jan Waldmann (Oregon),...

First International Meeting of Urasenke Midorikai Alumni Association

In February 2016 the Urasenke Midorikai Alumni Association was honored with the opportunity to host a gathering as part of the Hawaii 65th Anniversary celebrations. It was also a marvelous opportunity for an international meeting of alumni to discuss the mission of the Alumni Association. On February 21, a dinner meeting was held with 31...

Thank You from Mori Sensei

Dear Members of the Midorikai Alumni Association and Midorikai students, First of all, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of you who worked so hard planning and implementing the memorable Midorikai 40th Anniversary Commemorative Events and Reunion in Hawaii this summer. Also, I would like to say thank you to all...

Mori Sensei – A talk at the Urasenke Midorikai Alumni Assocation’s 40th Anniversary Reunion General Meeting

Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen It is a great honor and a privilege to be here with you in the presence of the Great Grand Master Hounsai to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Midori-Kai. It is truly a realization of my dream. When I see the Great Grand Master and all of the 60 alumni...