For this year's Tatezome (the first tea ceremony of the year), we welcomed our honored guests: Shozo Sato - Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois, and Lindsey Stirek - Japanese Literature PhD student of Ohio State University.

Below is the Chakaiki (record of the tea gathering) as well as a small image gallery of the events throughout the day, starting with a kaiseki (light meal), followed by sumi demae (laying of charcoal), koicha (thick tea), and ending with usucha (thin tea).

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