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【学LEARN: ZEN02】ZEN AWAKENING 2 : Zazen (坐禅) & Zengo (禅語) Who is the True Man Without Rank?

posted Jun 28, 2015, 8:00 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 9:48 PM by INFO ICT ]

::::: Workshop Report on June 27th, 2015 :::::


An amazing experience! Many thanks for all participants from Japan, Singapore, Kyrgyz, USA and Belgium who attended Zazen workshop, talking about Zengo and great Zazen time! The tip of Zazen is to harmonize with breath, body and mind! Now all of you are zen masters!

 
 
  

 


【学LEARN】日本茶体験 Japanese Tea Experience – Learn the Basic & Hands-on Steeping Practice!

posted Jun 22, 2015, 9:12 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:12 PM ]

::::: Workshop Report on June 20th, 2015 :::::


THANK YOU to everyone who came out for our event "Japanese tea experience".
It was a lot of fun to learn how to brew a variety of tea, and we enjoyed chatting over tasty tea and snacks. A big thank-you to Haruna san, Ota san and all ICT staff!!

 
 
 

 

 


【学LEARN】Try and Experience Hand printing "Edo-Sarasa"­, dyeing colorful table mat

posted Apr 27, 2015, 1:31 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 11:52 PM by INFO ICT ]

::::: Workshop Report on March 7th, 2015 :::::


On Saturday April 26, ICT had a dyeing workshop at “Futaba-en (二葉苑)”, where is one of the historical dyeing shops in Ochiai (Shinjuku area), where dyeing culture has developed since Edo era. 

Seven participants from China, Australia and Philippines enjoyed dyeing their table mats 7 colors using 15 different paper patterns “Katagami” to hand print Edo-sarasa. All steps we experienced are the same as dyeing Kimono and Kimono belt (Obi), so participants moved a brush "Hake" gently and soft, and checked the color depth like an artisan. *The technique of the artisan in using the stencils and carefully dying w
ith a brush is what gives the clothing its depth.

After dyeing experience, we moved to a steaming room and steamed mats at 100℃. Mr. Ogawa guided us his dyeing factory and explained the dyeing steps and dye during steaming.

A big thank you for Mr. Ogawa for all the preparation and details explanations for the history of dyed clothing. And we would also appreciate to all participants who attended the workshop. Hope you enjoyed a great Saturday afternoon for creating original mats.  

ICT is planning for differnet workhops at Futabaen again! Many thanks for your time and energy. I really enjoyed meeting each and one of you, and look forward to seeing you at our other events as well!

Written by Tsubasa Kato (Jojo)

【学LEARN】"Buddhism NOW from Jesse (American)"

posted Mar 29, 2015, 10:37 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 1:10 AM by Tsubasa Kato ]

::::: Workshop Report on March 28th, 2015 :::::


On March 28th, ICT had a Buddhism workshop by Jesse from USA, who is a Shingon Buddhist priest and currently affiliated with Jimyō-in a temple in Tokorozawa. Participants gathered at Kongoin (金剛院) to get to experience Buddism NOW!

 

We moved to the beautiful main hall of the temple, and appreciated Buddhist Ritual Performance (For World Peace) including the Heart Sutra (Traditional Drum Accompaniment) 般若心経(太鼓)after brief introduction to Buddhist ritual. Jesse simply explained point by point during the performance. The participants were amazed by how many Buddhist priests in Japan (estimated 300,000 priests, which roughly the same number of active and reserve personal in the Japanese Self-Defence Forces).

 

After the excellent performance, all of us experienced meditation using chairs for 5 minutes followed by Jesse’s simple instruction. We also enjoyed listening his stories and having a great Q and A time, where Jesse used some analogies of department store, shopping street and members club to answer the question what Japanese Buddhism is.

 

We would like to thank Jesse san for all his guidance and giving perfect answers for each of us, the priest at Kongoin Nonobe san for kind accommodation! And also a special thank-you to all participants who attended the workshop! We had a fun and relaxing afternoon with you all, and look forward to seeing you at next ICT events.

 

*The next workshop by Jesse will be held around June! Don’t miss a chance to enjoy Jesse’s talks and meditation.




 

Written by Jojo


【学LEARN:ZEN01】ZEN AWAKENING 1: WHAT IS ZEN "禅"?

posted Mar 8, 2015, 4:27 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 4:54 AM ]

::::: Workshop Report on March 7th, 2015 :::::

 



On March 7th, 18 participants gathered at 陽岳寺(Yogakujilocated in Fukagawa, which is one of the historical areas in Tokyo, and attended ZEN workshop to learn about “What is ZEN ()” and have a Zazen (Zen meditation) experience.

 

In introduction, Priest 法純 (Hojun) san talked about our habits and thoughts which we think/do something all the time; what we have to do next, oh we update a picture on Facebook and reply messages….what we should do next repeatedly. We don’t have any time paying attention a “Present”, so we just tried to stop thinking, and participants are focus on feeling NOW with open mind in Zazen time (I couldn’t stop thinking even 10 minutes though).


 



Participants were noticed by his talks how much we produced a cause of troubles by ourselves. It was a meaningful opportunity to rethink our attitude/life how we spend every day more relaxed not always thinking about “I” but others (e.g. not judging the people but contribute to others).
 



We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Priest

法純 (Hojun) for his guidance and explanation on the Zazen (Zen meditation), and to Priest Mukai san for using a beautiful temple with all preparations for us! And also a big thank-you to all guests who joined the very first Zazen workshop! We had a great relaxing afternoon with each of you, and look forward to seeing you at next events!


 

* ZEN AWAKENING 2 by Hojun will be held around May or June! Don’t miss it!




 

Written by Jojo


【学LEARN:WS01】Porcelain Art Class

posted Feb 21, 2015, 7:17 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 11:45 PM ]

::::: Workshop Report on February 20th, 2015:::::


On February 20th, 2015, WaNavi Japan and ICT held a Porcelain Art Class at Aoyama omen’s Plaza.

 

It was a first time for all participants from Indonesia, USA and Japan to join a porcelain class, but they enjoyed a weekday morning creating their original porcelains.

 

With a brief instruction from a porcelain art teacher, Ms. Mami, participants started cutting a decal sheet into small pieces and decorating cups and plate for 2 hours with concentration.


They got the knacks quickly thanks to Mami’s great advice! Each porcelain of them decorated with cherry blossoms and cranes are a big difference reflecting personalities of each members. We are looking forward to what it’s like and how porcelains vary in color after burning at 800.

 

Mami san, thank you very much for arranging the workshop with all preparations and giving us a super amazing opportunity. We also thank all the guests who participated for making the workshop more special!

We had a great time with each of you, and look forward to seeing you at next events!





   


Written by Jojo


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