Our long time Sangha member Hoyu is coming with his whole family to visit our family this weekend at Treeleaf in Tsukuba. Hoyu has been in Japan all week visiting his wife's family who are from Yokohama. To mark Hoyu John's visit, there will be a few special events.
Tomorrow (Friday) night, Japan time (sorry, not sure of the exact time yet), Hoyu will offer tea here in a formal Tea Ceremony, for all our Sangha members to partake. Hoyu is a Sensei of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and has brought his bowls and implements all this way just for our being together.
I am not sure of the exact time of the ceremony, or whether folks can participate via Google+, but I will post information in this thread and the recording. Please keep an eye out for that, and join us with a cup of tea of your own. It may be (not sure yet) ...
... from 9pm Japan time Friday night (that is New York 8am, Los Angeles 5am (Friday morning), London 1pm and Paris 2pm (Friday afternoon)
Hoyu will also join us for our weekly Friday-Saturday Zazenkai live from Treeleaf ...
That will be ... from 9am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 8pm, Los Angeles 5pm (Friday night), London 1am and Paris 2am (early Saturday morning)
... and to close the fesivities, we will have a SPECIAL CEREMONY "OFFICIALLY" MARKING THE OPENING OF OUR NEW TREELEAF FORUM AND WEBPAGE (even though it has actually been up and running for a few weeks) and a traditional-not-so-traditional MEMORIAL SERVICE TO RETIRE OUR OLD COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE that has served to link us in this Sangha for so many years. The ceremony will be (one hour later than originally planned) ...
... from 10pm Japan time Saturday night (that is New York 9am, Los Angeles 6am (Saturday morning), London 2pm and Paris 2pm (Saturday afternoon)
I apologize for the change, due to Hoyu attending Aikido with my wife Mina.
I will have Google+ links up for each shortly before our beginning time. Please check back in this forum.
Welcome Hoyu John!