A while back, I noticed that I had just performed my 1.000th temae. Since I didn’t notice this ahead of time, I didn’t do anything special for the occasion. To remedy that, I wanted to do something for the 1.024th temae instead. If you’re not a computer geek, and wonder why 1.024 is a special number, have a look at the last section of this post.
Celebrating 10.000.000.000 temae
When I decided to celebrate my 1.024th temae, I counted forward based on the idea of doing one temae a day. By perfect alignment of the stars and a portion of good karma, my 1.024th temae would be on the day my senpai from Australia would come visit. A perfect occasion!! I had to forgo morning tea that day to enjoy my 1.024th temae with her.
During my Midorikai stay, Wendy was doing her second year at Midorikai. Even with a slight age difference, we became good friends. She helped me learn some of the teamae I was not able to study during the regular classes, and she introduced me to a kimono- and Tea teacher. She is touring the world, and as it happened was in Norway this auspicious day 😉
As you might know, when you invite someone to a Tea ceremony, you traditionally try to choose dogu that have special meaning for your guest. With that in mind; I picked a chaire one a mutual friend (the kimono- and Tea teacher Wendy introduced me to) had helped buy. I used my commemorate Tea bowl because it is the most special bowl I have.
Also, I put my chatsubo on display, because Wendy was with me in Japan when I purchased it. I have never used it for anything before, I just had a irrational wish to own one after reading about how the Tea masters of old valued their chatsubos. A chatsuboto is used to store Tea leaves between the harvest and when you start making Tea from the leaves. So it wasn’t part of the ceremony as such, but rather as part of the ornament.
After Tea, we enjoyed some Norwegian moose meat, french and italian wine and a lot of good conversation. It was great to catch up with my friend from down under.
Why is 1.024 a round number?
First of all you need to know that I’m a computer person. It is my profession and one of my passions. In the world of computers, everything is either power on or power off. Power on is represented by the number 1, while power off is the number 0. This gives rise to the binary number system: Instead of using the numbers from 0-9, computers only use the numbers 0 and 1.
I won’t bore you with the calculations, but suffice to say that in the binary system, 1024 is written as 10000000000, a very round number indeed.