October has been sucking up all my extra time lately. This is both good (quiet deployment evenings go by faster) and bad (less time to blog). My tea instructor hosted a small tea gathering for me and another student a couple weeks ago, and I've been meaning to post some photos ever since. So, without too much commentary, here they are. :)
|Sado (or Chado), Tea Ceremony, is much more than just tea. A full ceremony lasts several hours and includes a kaiseki meal, flower appreciation, decorative scroll appreciation, multiple bowls of tea, delicate treats, and...|
|...sake. Tea Ceremony just got a whole lot cooler! Participants pour each other's sake into the shallow, red bowls and enjoy only after eating the fish portion of the kaiseki meal.|
|Post-meal, a small container of warm, flavored water is used to rinse off the chopsticks, and then the water is drunk by the guests (one container per guest). I'm still getting used to drinking the water I used to rinse my chopsticks.|
|Then comes the portion we practice in class every week...eating yummy wagashi and preparing and drinking tea. This pink wagashi's name is just as cute as it looks- "Princess Chrysanthemum."|
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