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Last bowl of 2015

I wish you all a happy new year! I enjoyed this year´s last bowl of tea with my wife by candlelight. 2015 was the very first year I had the opportunity to do temae every single day, lets hope 2016 offers the same opportunity.

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Last day of furo

From my place next to the crackling fireplace I see the tree naked but for a few rain soaked leaves framed against a grey sky. With the lingering taste of tea still in my mouth, I’m anticipating opening the ro tomorrow, and starting a new season of Tea. At the last day of the season I’m…

West side is done, well almost still missing the window and the planks above it.

Tea house moving forward again

Since I last posted  about the “Stabbur” project not to much have happened with the project. I was distracted be the urge to first get a propper bathroom inside the main house, then to make sure the main building was properly drained. Since that last drainage activity was quicker than anticipated I was left with a…

Using this special koyama-en "natsume" had unforseen consequences.

Begin with Ryakubon

Back in 2009, I wrote a post titled Why begin with Ryakubon. Here, I wondered whether it would not be better for new students to start learning Irekodate instead of the traditional Ryakubon. The ease of transition from Irekote to Hakobi, and my own experience of starting with Hakobi usucha were my main reasons for…

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Tea video

In this post I’m not going to say much, just list some videos I like about tea. Tea Duet, Urasenke and Ueda Shoko, 9:59 long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDQqJhoE3_A NHK program about Chanoyu, part 1: 15:00 long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y__ejhB7cIQ NHK program about Chanoyu, part 1: 13:00 long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q64lIbq487A NHK program about tea rooms: 5:01 long: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaV22Js3GLo&app=desktop Usucha, 1:55 long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hQeyj_wiw Chakai 11:42 long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRglIqMH7H0…