Author Archives: Leah Sorkin
This afternoon we went to meet the Zen priest Isobe Yukei (Kei-san). Kei-san is the priest at Taikō-an, a subtemple of Tōfuku-ji. He spoke about the origins of zazen and gave a kōan, and then we sat zazen. At the … Continue reading
Today(? I don’t even know anymore) was a long travel day, but we finally made it to Kyoto and it is so amazing to be back! We started out at 5 am in Williamstown and drove to Albany to board … Continue reading
We’re leaving tomorrow (well in a few hours, really) and I just finished packing. I am so excited to go back to Kyoto. Earlier this week, I was reflecting and thinking about the neighborhood my host family lives in, the … Continue reading
This week I have delved into materials on tea ceremony (chanoyu). I am continually interested in thinking about the ways in which Japanese people think about Japaneseness, so I was very excited to find the book Making Tea, Making Japan, by … Continue reading
Hi, I’m Leah! I am a senior Japanese major. I am so excited to return to Kyoto, where I studied last year, and to meet artisans committed to traditional crafts.