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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tea ceremony event at Murasaki Japanese Insititute on May 17th.
The tea ceremony master, Shimono-sensei
came to our school.
She showed the tea ceremony and explained the philosophy of tea ceremony, too.
She is in Fushinan-ryu in Omotesenke, a
school of Japanese tea ceremony.
We had 5 members for the first ceremony at
At first, we prepared.
You see this picture that the master, Shimono-sensei
was preparing tea powder.
Tea ceremony was ready!
We ate sweets at first.
You might think you eat sweets WITH tea,
but at the tea ceremony, you eat sweets at first and you drink tea, because the
sweets make your mouth nice for tea. Then, you can enjoy the tea.
There were hand-made one. Dried vegetables preserved
in sugar. Fuki; a kind of rhubarb, Renkon; lotus root. They were very nice.
Also, we had beautiful shaped one which was signed May.
The master explained how to hold a cup.
You use both hand.
The person who offer tea give you a cup
which is set front side to the guest. The guest needs to turn a cup to avoid to
use front side.
They were practicing:-)
The master explained about tea ceremony philosophy.
It was interesting.
She told us about Kakejiku; the hanging
scroll which was written “Ichigo ichi e”
I will write about that philosophy later.
Then, she explained about flowers and tools.
We heard how to enjoy tools.
For example, she explained about Chashaku;
tea spoon. She brought nice one which has a great history. It was made by the pine
tree wood which had been planted in the temple where Senno Rikyu(千利休) and Toyotomi
Hideyoshi(豊臣秀吉) had enjoyed tea and Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s sleeve had touched.
That is why the pine tree was called “Sode
suri no matsu”(Sleeve touched pine tree.)
She also explained about sparrow shaped incense
case. Sparrow is simple of nature and farming. Old Japanese people had been growing
rice and Sparrow had been there.
After that, we had a question “cups of
green tea had been bitter, but today’s tea is not bitter. It is nice. Why is
The master answered “Because of the mind.
Today, you heard about tea ceremony philosophy. That is why you could enjoy the
We had one more ceremony at 1pm. It was also very nice.