Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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Tea Ceremony

I am trying to pass time, so I am going to post about my Tea Ceremony lessons this past semester.

I have only had about 3 or 4 lessons, but they were very fun!

So here's some basics...don't go follow these rules, but it may give you an idea for what I did at the lessons...

For the guest,
-when offered the sweets, you first lift the dish slightly, then, take the chopsticks by the middle from above with your right hand, take the sweet and put it on some paper which you carry with you and eat it.
-when offered the tea, you take the cup with your left hand and place it within the tatami border in front of you and off to the left and, bowing, say "Osakini" and then in front of you and, again bowing, say "Otemae chodai itashimasu." Then, you can pick up the bowl, set it on your left palm, and using your right hand to hold the side, drink the tea ^_^
Yay! Isn't it yummy? ^_^

For the host,
I didn't learn much, but let me list some of the items they use...
-fukusa: the special square silk (?) cloth used. The fukusa is folded in a special way and is used to ceremonious wipe clean the tea container and also is used to wipe off the tea scoop after it is used.
-chawan: the tea bowl! These come in different sizes and shapes. Wider and lower bowls are used in summer, so the tea cools faster; whereas taller and narrower bowls are used in winter so the water stays warmer.
-chashaku: tea scoop. These all look the same, made of bamboo...but they are in fact different! Rikyu was the first to use the bamboo chashaku we know today, and his had a rounded end..but since him, all of those following him have given the chashaku a distinctive tip shape - some round, some sharp, and one that looked like }. Subtly is a key to tea ceremony!
-chasen: tea whisk. When the host whisks the tea, he moves the whisk in the motion of the kanji 川 (kawa-river).
-natsume: the tea container. These are lauquered, in blacks or reds, with designs.

And uh that's the main stuff!


Now, everybody, go start lessons on Tea ^_~

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