May 29, 2013

✿My Friend's Wedding

My friend, Nina just got married !
Nina and her husband got married at Buddhist church in Oakland.

Reception was held at the first floor of Berkeley Art Museum.

This lovely little girl, Mieko was the flower girl.  
She was so cute that she held my forefinger and didn't let go for a long time... 

I wore Kimono that I got from my Great Grandmother's closet.  She past away when I was 18 years old but this kimono was passed on to me from family.  She was a small person (maybe like 20 cm shorter than me = at least 8 inches shorter) so this kimono is small on me but I love it so much.
(no one can really tell that it's too small on me here in America, I think)

It's always fun to attend wedding and feel the love and happiness of bride and groom.

May 15, 2013

✿Tea Ceremony

I had my very first Tea Ceremony and invited my own guests. 
This is the Tea House where I practice tea manners 2 to 3 times each month.
Tea Ceremony changes tools, way of setting and way of serving tea many times throughout the year depending on the season so it is really not easy to remember each way, that's why we practice.

My beautiful guests, Lauren, Pattie and Sophia enjoyed Maccha tea and tea sweets.

I did lots of tea serving simulation before I went to sleep and when I walk up for a week and I was really happy that I did it fine.  

After the tea ceremony, we had obento lunch which my teacher made. There were at least 11 different dishes and dessert.

My guest Lauren brought me a beautiful gift with beautiful flowers which smelled very nice. I think these flowers are from her garden.

Look how pretty she decorated inside the box.  I shared the goodies with my tea mates afterwards and my husband ate most of them.

I had such a lovely time that day and I am really thankful to my tea master (teacher) Yuko-san for giving me the chance to serve tea to my guests.  
It was a really nice opportunity to recognized how much I've learned in last few years.

May 01, 2013

✿My Family Visit

My family from Japan was visiting me and we went so many places in such a short time. 
We flew to Las Vegas and  went to Grand Canyon. 
I've been to Grand Canyon once long long time ago for a short period of time but this time we were on tour so we spent about 3 ~ 4 hours in different locations and it was nice.

 Other side of the canyon had beautiful view with clear sky.

The view of the Las Vegas Strip from the air plane in evening.

and then... Twin peaks in San Francisco.
We took a boat ride from pier 39, drove through the Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge, had Cable Car ride, etc... we were sightseeing a lot.

and then... we went to Sonoma and Napa.  

The days went so quickly and the day they left to Japan, I felt so lonely.  
It was a really fun time with my family ! 
I can't wait to go back to Japan again !