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[Duane Feasel preparing tea for Somi Mochizuki at home, Los Angeles, California, December 26, 1970]

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[Duane Feasel preparing tea for Somi Mochizuki at home, Los Angeles, California, December 26, 1970]
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Neg Type: 120.00 mm

Los Angeles, Calif., December 26, 1970


Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family


2 negatives : b&w; ; 120 mm.

Published in Rafu Shimpo, December 28, 1970, Japanese section.

Duane Feasel, or Sosei, the first foreign teacher of Urasenke, prepares tea for his former teacher, Mrs. Somi Mochizuki, at her Tea Ceremony Studio in the Sun Building on Weller Street, Los Angeles, California, December 26, 1970. Includes two views of tea ceremony with Caucasian man in kimono pouring water into tea bowl, and woman admiring tea bowl. Man sits on knees, seiza, at left next to tea accessories in corner, while woman sits seiza on tatami in patterned kimono and eyeglasses in front of empty shelving of tokonoma. Shoji windows in background.

Typed on original envelope: Mrs. Mochizuki at Tea Ceremony -- at Sun Building.

Duane Feasel had been a student of Mrs. Somi Mochizuki for six years prior to going to Kyoto, where he studied at Urasenke headquarters for two and a half years. The twenty-seven year old had been hired to teach at the Urasenke branch in New York City and had stopped in Los Angeles to visit family on his way to New York. This image was taken when he visited Mrs. Mochizuki. Feasel's tea master name is Sosei and he has a tea degree of Kyoju. As of 2009, he is still the senior instructor at Urasenke's New York City Branch (Urasenke Chanoyu Center).

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