Midorikai Timeline

1964

Urasenke New York office is established.

1966

Urasenke Hawaii office is established.

1970

July 5. Seichu Enno Mugenki Memorial: Duane Feasel, Laura Watanuki, Pamela Osborn, Michael Birch, Toshiko Shiozaki present kagetsu in Totsutotsusai.

Duane Feasel is dispatched to New York as resident tea instructor.

Chanoyu Quarterly begins publishing.

1971

Midorikai invited to attend chakai commemorating renovation of the Sanmon (monumental gate) of Daitokuji.

1972

Daisosho establishes the Urasenke Scholarship for chapter (now called Association) students, and the Soshitsu Sen XV Scholarship for University of Hawaii students.

1973

March 28. Rikyuki Memorial: John McGee, Girma Belachew, James King, Gertrude Hori, Lynette King present kagetsu in Totsutotsusai.

Daisosho officially approves Midorikai as a three-year program.

April. Ronald Nado enters the Urasenke Gakuen (graduated March 1976).

1975

March 28. Rikyuki Memorial: Michael Kane, Christy Bartlett, Bonnie Mitchell, Girma Belachew, Charles Santon offer sumitsuki kagetsu in Totsutotsusai.

October. Twenty-two Midorikai students attend study tour to Kanazawa, visiting Ohi kiln, Miyazaki Kanchi kettle maker, etc., with Hounsai Oiemoto.

November 19. Sotanki Memorial: Michael Birch, John Freeman, Girma Belachew, Len Nuvoloni, John McGee present Ichi-ni-san in Totsutotsusai.

Urasenke English language newsletter begins.

1976

April. Michael Birch Soei is appointed to be resident tea instructor in London

April. Ronald Nado graduates from Urasenke Gakuen Chado Semmon Gakko, the first non-Japanese to finish the three-year program.

April. Michael Kane enters the Urasenke Gakuen Chado Semmon Gakko.

May. Dr. Betty Winchester studies with Midorikai in preparation for teaching the first full-credit course on chanoyu in the History Department, University of Hawaii.

July 5. Seichu Enno Mugenki Memorial: Christy Bartlett, Scott Rogers, Sheila Walters, Judy Clancy, Girma Belachew present shaza no shiki in Totsutotsusai.

September. Midorikai invited to pay respects at the 13th Memorial services for Tantansai Mugensai Sekiso.

November 19. Sotanki Memorial: Eric Messersmith, Bonnie Mitchel, Len Nuvoloni, Helen Szaday, Cynthia Onishi present hirakagetsu in Totsutotsusai.

Allan Palmer dispatched to Boston as resident tea instructor.

1977

February 1. Hounsai Oiemoto invites Midorikai to present chakai for Toinkai at the Toinseki.

Midorikai officially recognized as the Special Foreign Students Division of the Urasenke Gakuen Chado Senmon Gakko.

April. Michael Kane graduates from Urasenke Chado Semmon Gakko.

April. Christy Bartlett enters the Urasenke Chado Semmon Gakkuen.

July. Leonard Nuvoloni and Scott Rodgers participate in the 2nd Urasenke Youth Cruise which traveled to Okinawa and Hong Kong.

Michael Kane, Christy Bartlett, Bonnie Mitchell, Ron Nado, Sheila Walters present shaza no shikiat the Tankokai Kanto Regional Convention in NHK Hall.

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