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This is Kimekomi Mari. This is a wooden ball covered in pieces of fabric glued into place. Very beautiful!

This is another type of Kimekomi, a cute little dog.

What will be the back of my Yukata.

Noriko-san measuring my material for the body of my Yukata.

Double checking...where do I cut again?

Me cutting the material for the panels that make the body.

Noriko-san matching the patterns.

Noriko-san sewing a corner.

Noriko-san's obi.

Getting ready for tea ceremony.

The sweets, they're pretty fall designs. They were yummy!

Putting the charcoal into the pan for heating the water.

Using big metal chopsticks to pick up the charcoal.

The special charcoal. You heat it on the stove first (the bottom of the pan has holes so the fire gets onto the charcoal) to get it started.

Noriko-san's tea closet with all of her supplies, neatly labeled and stacked.

The tea bowls.

This is an old time game that women play sometimes during tea ceremony.

A casual tea set.

Scooping out the tea powder, the goal is to make a little mountain undisturbed.

Noriko-san putting the hot charcoal into the holder.

This opening in the floor is used for tea ceremony in the winter. It is also used to heat the room, but not all tatami rooms have these.

Noriko-san's tea ceremony certificate from tea ceremony school.

This screen was made by Noriko-san's mother. When she got in her 80's she decided to take some time for herself and do calligraphy!

An upclose shot of the beautiful calligraphy.

Noriko-san mixing up the tea.

She wisks the tea so fast until there is a froth on top. There are several different schools of tea preperation, this is just one of them.

Craft day at CCEA.

We made Washi (type of Japanese paper) coasters.

The tops of my coasters.

The bottoms of my coasters.