梦：Yume -- Dream.
Gunji Sensei's Kokoro Message:
“A man is but a product of his thoughts: what he thinks, he becomes.”
Above is the statement by Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), who made tremendous effort for the reformation and improvement for the people in India from 1915 to 1958.
His statement certainly encourages us to think big and positive. Whether we spend the day complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves, or we live positively and actively, a day goes by. Then, why not think big and live actively. When we make desperate efforts, we can accomplish what we need to. Although it might take time to reach the goal, we can start one step at a time. An American writer, Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) said, “All things are possible until they are proved impossible — and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.”
Have a dream! Dreams are free for all of us. Dream and dream big!
Dream and Dream Big!
Without dreams, life is like a broken winged bird which cannot fly.
Life is short, just like a dream.
Therefore, value the moment, and value the opportunity given to you.
Opportunity comes once in your life time.
When encountering a hardship, encourage yourself by thinking it is just like a dream,
it will soon go away.
When encountering a great fortune, be humble and diligent
since it might be like a dream before dawn.
Have wonderful dreams and I wish you good luck!
- Kimino Gunji
Graduation Tea Ceremony: Tenchaban Ryurei demae
Chakaiki : Records of tea implement
Kaigu ( a matcing set of mizussashi, shakutate, kensui & futaoki)
Natsume : Chunatsume Wajima-nuri
– Wajima lacquering: Yanagi ni kago (柳に篭)
- willow and basket makie by (Maeda) Seihō-（前田）清峰
Chashaku: By K. Gunji; Gomei: IKASU
Chawan: 高麗青磁- Korean made celadon ware by 南宮溶- Nakyu Yo
Scrolls Presented to Graduates
初心 (shoshin): Beginner's kokoro presented to Diana Liao
和心 (washin): A kokoro of harmony presented to Holly Situ
Remarks by Graduates
I never expected my last semester to turn out like this, but I'm glad that we are able to still do tea as a group during these times. Tea class has helped ground me every week, when days start blending together after being at home for so long, but I have something to look forward to every Thursday evening. Seeing familiar faces of the tea group in times of isolation is very comforting, and we are able to adapt and come together. Even without the beautiful tea equipment at Japan House, we are challenged to use objects of our everyday lives in different, more creative ways. I have been taking more initiative to practice my temaes and making tea as part of my morning routine now that I have the time to and these helped me create some order and mindfulness in times of uncertainty. Even though it's unfortunate that we can't be together in the physical Japan House to celebrate right now, it made me even more grateful to have spent my college years walking on tatami mats in the tea rooms and whisking tea in the kitchen. I'm so lucky to make a home out of Japan House!
-- Holly Situ
Something that I've learned this semester is the true meaning of the scroll, "To reaffirm life, one must face death." In tea ceremony, we talk about how the intent is to live in the present and appreciate every moment, but people let that slip away and take things for granted. With the current pandemic, I think everyone has realized how much they've taken for granted. The beauty of humanity is even during these difficult times, people choose to face it. Life hasn't stopped and it's not the end of the world even if there is fear, hate, and misinformation spreading. We see the reaffirmation of life in those who provide medical care, research vaccines and medical technology, continue to clean behind-the-scenes, and maintain essential operations/businesses. For others, their respect for life is seen by wearing masks, staying at home, and being considerate whether its calling to check on others or being kind and sharing/making supplies for those who need help. Although our tea group cannot be together at Japan House, we are still respectful of each other and making the most with what we have. It is during this time that we truly see what humanity has to offer and can be.
-- Diana Liao
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association