Tea house moving forward again

Since I last posted  about the “Stabbur” project not to much have happened with the project. I was distracted be the urge to first get a propper bathroom inside the main house, then to make sure the main building was properly drained. Since that last drainage activity was quicker than anticipated I was left with a…

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.…

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…

The Making of Chashitsu, dogu and tatami

Today was a big day. Both the tatamiand the dogu from Zuiun arrived. The tatami looks and feels perfect, and has the unmistakable smell of new tatami. When placing them out I noticed that I have some small irregularities in the dimension of the room. Fortunately I have made it too big and not to small. Nothing…

Acquiring the utensils of the way – Zuiun

As you walk the path of Chado and learn more, most people eventually want to acquire some utensils of their own. There are tons of web site that sell the basic, chawan, chasen, chashaku and chakin. However once you start looking for anything outside the basic things get trickier. I have found a few English web sites…

There are always another detail to learn

Recently I got a new camera, and I just wanted to share some photos that I took. With the camera I also bought a macro lens. Taking images with a macro lens makes you look at details in a different way. I thought I would share some of the photo I took after today’s keiko.

Hakkedana

Living in a country where there are no professional teacher, and not even a very active chado association. I´m limited to study with the dogu I own. Since leaving Kyoto in 2005 I have only had access to a very limited selection of tana. I have a maru joku that I made my self based…

Chaire

Since I made my first chawan I have wanted to make chaire. I have tried sculpting one using the same technique that I use when I make chawan, without any success. I do not own a potters wheel, and have neither space nor money for one. So that is not a option either. In 2007…

The tana documentation project, 2

This weekend I finally had some time to start on the tana project. I have updated the Tana page with more general information about ko-dana and I have created detailed pages for Koko-dana and Maru-Joku. Furthermore, I created a new page with a list of all the Konomi that I found during the research. Having…