I have made a Facebook group for people in Norway doing Tea. Since we do not have a active association, I thought it might be a good idea to have a place to share events and thoughts about Tea in Norway, with out having all the overhead of reviving the association.
I was able to convince Anne (girlfriend) to be my guest for the presentation. She have been my guest many times when I have done tea at home, but this was her first presentation. She finds seiza very painfull, so we agreed that she would sit agaru (with the legs crossed in front).
Our presentation was part of a course L’Oreal held for hair dresses in regards to the Shu Uemura Art of Hair products. The venue for this presentation was not as nice as last time. But then again you can’t expect to have a place as nice as Dragonfly each time. The setup of the presentation area can bee seen on the image above. The students brought their own chairs, and were able to sitt very close to the stage. I hope this helped make it a more intimit experience.
At the end of the presentation when I turned to put out natsume for haiken I noticed that Anne was sitting in seiza. I was very surprised, and asked here afterwards. Apparently she had sat down the “wrong” way and realized it too late.
On our way back home Anne said that this was the most relaxing Tea experience she had had to this day. This got me thinking, I haven’t invited her for a propper tea event yet. She has only been at training sessions. I will have to do something about it.
First of all since I was there, well not in a guest capacity, but I was there. More about that later. Through these products they seek to give their customer an experience of relaxation, comfort and luxury. Being a Japanese product it has drawn inspiration from the experience of chado and therefore they wanted a presentation as part of the release.
Stig and myself ended up doing this presentation because the association didn’t have anyone that could do it, and am I glad we did! First of all the event was hosted at Dragonfly, and Asian inspired spa in Oslo. We did tea on a stone path crossing over a small square pond. The room was very still, only a low sound of running water and the accustomed sounds of tea being made could be heard, even though there were more 40-50 people in the room. For the presentation the audience had seated them selves at the floor.
We showed hakobi usucha and had a short speech. This is without doubt the best presentation I have been part of in Norway, and not because of my effort. The place was awesome, and the audience were even better. They were attentive and had an obvious interest in what we were showing.
I’m very happy that we did this presentation. I will hopefully get some photos from the event and will share it with you here. (Probably in about 3 weeks).
Letter from Loreal, only in Norwegian:
Jeg vil få lov å takke deg for en fantastisk seremoni i går! Kundenevar så fornøyd og følte at de hadde fått være med på noe helt unikt!
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