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…

TeaLife Audio – Podcast about the way of tea

TeaLife Audio is a podcast about the Japanese Way of Tea that I’m involved with. You can listen to the show (for free) on our web page http://tealife.audio/ or you can also find the show on iTunes and Stitcher by searching for TeaLife. A podcast, for those not familiar with it, is a type of radio show…

Tsurezure dana

During my recent trip to Warsaw I was introduced to a wonderfull tana. Tsurezure dana is made of laquered wood. The middle shelfe is hidden behind two small doors. Using the small hangles on the mini fusuma you can slid them back to reveale the natsume. Tsurezure dana was designed by Tantansai, Urasenkes 14th Oiemoto.…

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…

Mizuya Hygiene

A reader asked me about hygiene’s role in Chado. As you can imagine, Tea ceremony is an old art with roots back to a time when hygiene was viewed very differently. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth supposedly said “I have a bath once a year, whether I need it or not.” Still, purity and…

Audiobook

Browsing audible for some books to bring on my next road trip audible recommended me this one. I can’t believe it. Book of Tea as a audiobook 🙂 You can get the book her. I wish they had wind in the pines too… This is probably the most famous book about tea in the west.…

Kanji

I guess most of you know what a kanji is, for those few that does not they are the Chinese characters used in Japanese (and Chinese) written language. They are also a pain in the お尻. I strongly believe that kanji is the reason I was unable to master Japanese language. Main reason being that the kanji made…