The Tsukubai, the stone wash basin for the tea room at Ryoanji Temple, has an inscription that speaks to all followers of Japanese arts:
"I learn only to be contented."
He who learns only to be contented is spiritually rich, while the one who does not learn to be contented is spiritually poor, even if he is materially wealthy.
This concept is important in the Zen philosophy.

Venerable Maple

Stitched by Carol Brown The Venerable Maple evokes not only the age of the tree but also the constant renewal of life. This design is stitched on double width black gold fabric, which has a warp of black silk and a weft of fine strands of gold leafed paper alternated with black silk threads.

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Class dates during 2024


At present a new venue is being sought in West Sussex.

In the meantime, tuition may be booked for 1 or 2 people at my home in Rustington.

To arrange please contact Margaret Lewis, japembsensei@hotmail.co.uk

Lytham St. Annes Classes

11-14 April 2024.
This four day class caters for all levels of tuition for both JEA modules and JEC phases and advanced/challenge designs.
Class fee £240.

13-14 April 2024.
A weekend introduction to Traditional Japanese Embroidery designed to give students a brief insight into some of the techniques used in Japanese embroidery.
At the end of the weekend students will have a piece of work which they will be able to complete at home.
Class fee £120

Students may work on after class, but teaching hours are 9.30-4.30.

To book a place for either class, or for more information please contact, info@nejiribana.co.uk

Classes will be held at the Glendower Hotel, Lytham St Annes, 01253 723241.
Rooms should be booked directly with the hotel, please let them know you have booked for the class.

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