Ueda Soko Ryu

Though our podcast, TeaLife.Audio, I got in contact with a teacher for the Ueda Soko Ryu of Tea. I have wanted to learn more about the warrior type of Tea since forever. Early in November Adam came to Norway to teach Stig and I Ueda style of Tea. Before this weekend I had very litle…

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.

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…

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…

Day 200 and the bowl that was

Last week, I reached a new milestone in my morning tea project – I have now done temae 200 days in a row. I did not do anything special for this day, but I did have an accident instead. While I was taking the koicha tea bowl off the shelf, I managed to bump it into another…

Day 150

Taking a quick Tea break, before I go back to bulding my Tea hut (more on that later). Today was the 150th day in a row that I did temae, which is a new record for me!:) Happy Easter to you all!

Looking back on 2014

Memorable Tea moments I arranged Hatsugama for three friends in my yojo-han. This was a nice gathering. My old teacher travelled in from a town about an hour away to participate. It was great to catch up with him again. Due to the distance between our homes, we meet all to seldom. But that in…

Merry Christmas

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Today I enjoyed morning tea with a brand new chashaku. The chashaku was an early Christmas present from my wife.

Oyu for mizuya

When I wrote the post Mizuya Hygiene in June I thought a lot about what my practice in the mizu-ya. In the aftermath I made one adjustment to my practice. I used to take the kettle straight from temae-za to the sink, where i emptied it. I than place it back on the heater, to dry…

I sliped up after 148 days.

Followers of my blog know that I have been drinking Tea each day without fail for quite a while.  This summer, when on vacation on the west coast of Norway, I missed a few days of my daily Tea ritual. The day just slipped by, and suddenly I was on my way to bed and…