My father’s good friend, Yamada Hisashi sensei of the Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York City has passed.
The NY Times did a nice profile of Hisashi-san in 2008.
“There is no politics,” Mr. Yamada said. “No talk about who will be president in America or prime minister in Japan.”
While a tea ceremony might seem out of step with the pace of modern life, the Urasenke school has a waiting list for students.
“Once you begin the study of tea, it becomes a lifetime thing,” he said. As for those who think they are too busy to make time for tea, “You discover that you are not as busy as you think you are.”