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…

The Making of Chashitsu, Day 18-19

This weekend I have been working on the mizuya. I started out making some shelves above the preparation area. They did not turn out the way I wanted them. The wood I used was not nearly wide enough, and the spacing of the shelves is all wrong. The shelves should be easy to replace after…