Author: ChaNoYutah

New Years Tea of 2017

If a student of The Way of Tea can only host an event once a year, then their best bet is to present Tea for the New Year. It is a great way to start everything off on the right

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Chakai for November 2016

On November 20th 2016 I held a Tea gathering at my home. Many preparations had been made through out the year to make ready for this- and future events. My Tea room had been repainted, wainscoting of white paper for

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The Three Great Obligations of Japanese Culture and Cha no Yu

I have written about these ‘Three Obligations’ in a previous post that delved into the meaning of ‘Moshi-Iwake-gozaimasen’. After a number of personal events were endured, felt that it was necessary to revisit this subject in a more personal manner.

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Tea Bowl Series — Ninsei and Kyo-yaki

The word ‘Kyo-yaki’ means pottery made in the city of Kyoto; it also denotes a great flowering of the decorative arts that found its way into the Tea room by the single handed efforts of one man- Nonomura Ninsei. As

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Tea Bowl Series — Karatsu ware

The third greatest ceramic that Japan ranks above all others is Karatsu ware. It has brevity, is very simple, the essence of folk art, and was treasured by tea Masters for hundreds of years. It is a style of pottery

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Tea Bowl Series — Hagi Ware

There is a certain ‘something’ that is hard to put into words when it comes to Hagi wares. They are highly prized and it is found ranked with the best ceramics that Japan has to offer. “Ichi Raku” (1st Raku

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Tea Bowl Series — Raku ware

There is a famous saying in the world of Tea that says: “Ichi- Raku” (1st Raku ware), “Ni-Hagi” (2nd Hagi ware), San- Karatsu” (3rd Karatsu ware). This ranking states the immeasurable importance of this type of pottery in the history

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Tea Bowl Series — Shino

At this cold time of year, the hands long for a warm bowl to cradle; a bowl that cups in the palm which fits the fingers somehow with comfort. The eyes yearn for the colors of tans creams, browns and

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Tea Bowl Series — Setoguro, Hiki-dashi-guro

Sombre, Serious, straight sided, classic, usually matt-finished, strong, and black as pitch tar; Setoguro Tea Bowls are among the Tea world’s most revered expressions of ‘Wabi’. Sen no Rikyu favoured them. He took them out of the waste products of

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Tea Bowl Series — Kohiki ‘Kobiki’

Kohiki ‘Kobiki’ is a style of tea bowl that can sometimes be over looked because of its simplicity. It takes a trained eye and a bit of history to spot one of these hidden treasures in plain sight. If one

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