5th of January I held Hatsugama, the first kettle of tea. I had invited five friends, but unfortunately two was unable to attend due to some emergency overtime at their company. A small meal was served first, then koicha. I enjoyed the event, and hope that the guest did too.
These are some photos from the event. Unfortunately I forgot to sneak a photo of the guests.
Flowers arranged in a vase I made from bamboo supplied by one of the guests.
A small meal of salmon, teriaki marinaded beef, pickles, tofu, miso soup and rice
Kan sashite shofu o kiku – Sitting quite listening to the wind in the pines (kettle)
The room, just before the guests arrive.
Sasaki Shoraku copy of 7th gen Raku bowl, a gift from my wife and her family.