Edosenke? omotesenke? senseis?

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Hi all!

 

I moved back to Europe (Belgium for now) not so long ago from Japan.

I started Edosenke there would love to continue.

Tried to search but honestly, did not find any teachers.

Does anybody know any Edosenke sensei in Europe?

Or Omotesenke senseis? Since in form it is close to Edosenke.

 

Thank you!

 

Feldin

  • Marius Frøisland
    Urasenke and Omotesenke is very similar. If you can’t find either Edosenke or Omotesenke I think you should consider Urasenke. I know a great teacher in Netherlands for Urasenke.
  • Feldin
    Honestly I would rather stay in school… but yes, if no other options I have to do something else.
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You might try contacting Edosenke by checking their web site. My Edo Senke friends do not think their are any teachers in Europe.
The last I checked there are Omotesenke teachers in Italy, Austria and Russia.
There are Omotesenke students in the UK, Germany, France, etc. but I don’t think they are authorized to teach. [I could be wrong.]
There may be others. You might try contacting Omotesenke headquarters. However they might not know of teachers in Europe since there are no branche of Omotesenke Domonkai in Europe with the closest being on the East Coast of the USA.
There are Urasenke students and teachers in Belgium. For some reason there is a connection with the Urasenke group in London. I have been made aware of a periodic event at a monastery in Belgium.
Good Luck
I hope you will be able to continue your following of the way.

  • JOHN LEON LARISSOU
    I hae confirmed that the Omotesenke students in England that I know of are not teachers.
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Hi, I am an Urasenke practitioner from Belgium. Finding a teacher also depends on where you live in Belgium. In Brussels, you might be able to find some expat wives who practice Omotesenke, and they might be able to help you out (if that is what you want, I could ask a contact of mine who knows the Japanse community in Brussels pretty well). But that is of course not the same as studying with an official teacher. My Urasenke teacher is the one mentioned above, so of course I highly recommend him. He lives near the city of Lier. You can also check stafdaems.be to find out more about him or go to urasenke.be for all Urasenke teachers in Belgium. In our tankokai, there is a Japanse expat lady who previously studied Omotesenke in Japan and now studies Urasenke here in Europe.

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Hi,

I do not personally know any Edosenke teachers in Belgium, I know for sure there are guys practicing Omote.

I will give you the e-mail of a respectable teacher in Urasenke style in Belgium. He may be able to guide you further.

I wish that you find your Edosenke colleagues here in Belgium.

The teacher name is Staf Daems (stafdaems@hotmail.com).

Good luck,

 

Gabriel

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Hello Feldin,
I think there is great value in staying with a smaller school. We would all benefit. If it is feasible for you to return for a period of intensive study in Japan once a year, perhaps you can stay with Edosenke?
It may be possible to find a keiko group that is happy for you to practice Edosenke alongside their practice. This way you could maintain a connection to fellow tea people, though practicing Edosenke ‘alone’.
You could also approach your sensei and see if they are open to commenting on your keiko via skype and to sending you temae and other procedures in document form for self study.
Good luck
Adam

  • Marius Frøisland
    When I went to Japan as a exchange student way back when I did what Adam suggested. I was able to do Urasenke temae in the Omotesenke club. That gave all of us the ability to see a different school and I got a place to practice and made some new friends.
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Hi all!

Thank you for all the answers! It makes me very happy that I found an active sadou group.
I am having a crazy week, I will get back to everyone soon.

Thank you all again!

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Dear all,

 

Thank you for the answers!

Adam, I would like to stay. Even is I start maybe an other next to it due to lack of teachers as a last resort) the goal is to stay.
I would love to meet the tea people in Belgium of course. Even if it’s different it is still sadou and the schools of the others are interesting for all I think.
I hope to do what you suggested,  and go back from time to time to practice Edosenke in Japan but I can not afford it as for now. And we have no books like urasenke to keep memory alive.  My sensei was around 75-80, so no skype lessons with her. She is oldschool, no notes, no tech, just go to the practice and you will learn.

Helena, thank you! Good to read that. I would love to meet you all if possible sometime. I live in Leuven now.
I will write an email to your teacher too (maybe mention this him if you can), maybe he knows about some hiding Omote or Edo people. I would be happy to just see somebodies practice or do it together even if not a teacher. Memory fades and my notes are not the best…

John, thank you for your efforts. Sadly my Japanese is far from good enough to just contact Edosenke or Omote. 🙂

Marius, thank you. I have been in Urasenke sessions, I was invited as a guest from my Edo group and I enjoyed it a lot but there are quite some differences. Yes, it’s tea 🙂 But ever so slightly but importantly different 🙂

 

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