Yuki temae at the hotel room
Yuki temae at the hotel room, with the new boiler

This has been a crazy few months, but I have mostly my self to blame. I have booked a bit too many things. I have already been to Latvia, Sweden, Poland, Germany and now Denmark.

As I arrived in Denmark I realized that I had forgotten to bring my waterboiler. So the first morning I was unable to make Tea, as there was no boiler at the hotel room.

However, I was determined not repeate the Swedish “mucha” expereince. So I went straight from the training session to a shopping mall to find a waterboiler. I found a nice red boiler, and they even had them in different sizes. So I got the smalest one figuring that it would make for a good one for future travels. It is about half the size of my previous boiler.

I had a enjoyable temae at the hotel. I did Yuki, before I headed out to have a meal at a Indian resturant in Copenhagen. I also happily made a note that my utensils seems to have taken no ill effect of beeing shipped as check-in luggage.

Christmas Yuki

I wanted to make a movie of Yuki temae outside during the winter. I got help from my sister and brother to do the filming, and decided to give it a first try on christmas eve. We rigged a temae-za with goza and a binkake. Even has proper charcoal burning under the tetsubin.  In the hast of preparation I had forgotten to make sure that all the cameras had been fully charged. So one after another they ran out of power. Only one camera lasted through the temae. The camera that lasted was the one filiming the details so it is not possible to make a good movie.

I expected this to be a very cold temae, but it worked out nicely for everything except the toes. I managed to get the tabi wet prior to the temae, and in the wind the wet tabies did not offer much warmth.

Another important lesson is that the snow under the goza has to be packed hard and be flat. I had been a bit too slopy about it this time. The chawan kept sliding on the laquer board because it ended up on a “slope.”

I hope for more success next time, in the mean time I can share some of the frames from the movie we got.

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