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…

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.

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…

1k with Senpai

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,…

Temae 1.000

  Yesterday I recorded my 1.000 temae. I started keeping record in 2002 and now twelve years later I have done temae 1.000 times. In addition to my temae there is another 312 temae performed by other students. My 1.000th temae was otsu-bukuro. I regret that I did not do something special. I should have…

Why not stay with one temae

When answering my survey, a reader asked why I keep changing the temae rather than repeating the same one until I’ve mastered it. There are a couple of reasons for this. Since I’ve started keeping records of all the temae I do, I have wanted to try to perform every teamae at least once each season.…

Outdoor tea

The 17th of May Norwegian celebrate the constitution. This year was the 200th anniversary for the constitution. I was going to spend the night from the 16th to the 17th at my mam’s house. Unfortunately I had forgotten all my dogu at home. Next day my wife brought the dogu when we meet up at…