DSCN4167The other day, I had the pleasure to visit the house of a friend of mine who studies Omotesenke tea. She is not a teacher anything of the sort, but happens to have a lovely tea room built into her house. And of course, it came to be that we had tea together. It was a delightful and casual affair. The utensils and sweets were nothing expensive or bought from afar. Likewise the conversation was personable and quite unscripted. It was just the two of us in the broad 8 mat room. And I felt it was for these reasons that her care and friendship for me were truly and honestly expressed. It was an unforgettably precious experience.

In modern times, most people think of chakai in two forms: the large ooyose chakai, and smaller formal chakai. Those are both important, ooyose facilitates the creation of a larger tea society, including those outside your shachu, and the smaller formal chakai strive to create a perfect performance of hospitality and etiquette. And while I quake to contradict TANIKAWA Tetsuzou, the heart of Tea should not be in Art. Formal, art-like tea is vitally important for the training of body and spirit, but at it’s heart, Tea is something done easily and as casually as serving black tea and cake to the handyman when he fixes our leaking boiler. We should draw our lives so near it that it is able to be done without any preparations at all. At least, this is what I feel.

The tokonoma scroll and flowers There is no picture, but to the side was kagami mochi and a cute snake.

The tokonoma scroll and flowers There is no picture, but to the side was kagami mochi and a cute snake.


Hanabira Mochi

Hanabira Mochi

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