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I'm taking a Japanese language class this term—the Intermediate 3 one that I enrolled in last term only too see it canceled due to low enrollment. So far, so good. The earlier time slot (17:20-18:50, as opposed to 19:00-20:30) means that many of the downtown shops are still open when I pass by, and I could even stick around for a bite to eat after class.

brewing equipmentLast weekend I attended brian_252's beer-brewing party at Shenandoah Brewing Company and took pictures. I opted not to brew anything, since I dislike the taste of beer, but I can at least recommend their root beer on draft.

My parents will be visiting this weekend to help me plan a Japanese-style room (for tea ceremony) that I have in mind to establish in my living room area. I think it could be about 4.5 2 tatami mats (7.5 3.3 m2) in area and separated from the larger living space by shōji. The big challenge here will be figuring out how not to spend a fortune.


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Feb. 1st, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
The beer brewing party looked really fun.
Have fun designing your room. In my dream house in my head I would love to incorporate the openness of some Asian architectural design! Have a great weekend!

Feb. 2nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Great photos. I especially like the one taken of the used grains in the muslin sack.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 11th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Did you see how Marius (the guy from Norway that runs the tea wiki) did his tea space? It is a good plan if you don't have space for much more than two mats, it gives the guests a little room to breathe and you don't have to learn too many of the rules for a koma.

There are pictures here:
about 2/3 the way down the page.

We are in the process of making our keiko space here. I hear you, it is hard to do it without spending a fortune. Good luck! Looking forward to seeing it.
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
also here. :)


He knows he shouldn't be using a tana in there, don't let the pictures fool you, you shouldn't use one in a koma. He did a good job with the room anyway!
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
It's funny that you commented just now—I'd just been reviewing years' worth of archives from urasenke_fans and thinking of posting there and/or asking you more questions about Midorikai.

Thanks for the pointers to Marius' tea space. The more I see, the more I think I should go slowly in designing my tea space, because I have so much to learn. I've only been in a handful of tea rooms, only one of them having any board floor component (this one with a ro cover setup).
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