Christmas Yuki

I wanted to make a movie of Yuki temae outside during the winter. I got help from my sister and brother to do the filming, and decided to give it a first try on christmas eve. We rigged a temae-za with goza and a binkake. Even has proper charcoal burning under the tetsubin.  In the hast of preparation I had forgotten to make sure that all the cameras had been fully charged. So one after another they ran out of power. Only one camera lasted through the temae. The camera that lasted was the one filiming the details so it is not possible to make a good movie.

I expected this to be a very cold temae, but it worked out nicely for everything except the toes. I managed to get the tabi wet prior to the temae, and in the wind the wet tabies did not offer much warmth.

Another important lesson is that the snow under the goza has to be packed hard and be flat. I had been a bit too slopy about it this time. The chawan kept sliding on the laquer board because it ended up on a “slope.”

I hope for more success next time, in the mean time I can share some of the frames from the movie we got.

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One thought on “Christmas Yuki

  1. Happy New Year, Marius! I love the idea of doing yuki temae outside in the snow. The contrast between the stark beauty of bare trees and cold air, on one hand, and the warmth of glowing charcoal and steam rising from the hot water, on the other…

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