Halloween Chakai

On October 31st, 2018, An open house Halloween chakai was held at my home. Guests could drop in from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30. It was a blast! I had not hosted such an event for over twenty years. Some day I will tell the tale of that event. I had planned this occasion and had fun figuring out how to present it. A Tea for ghosts and goblins! Here are photos to show what it was like…

A ‘Ghost Woman Noh mask greeted the guests in the waiting room, along with 4 wooden plaques stating that yearly memorial services had been performed by a Buddhist Priest. The sign in book was from Harry Potter’s book of monsters…from my own collection. The main scroll was an Owl painted by Getto Houzan. A ‘Demon Hagi’ bowl made by Deishi Shibuya had been broken by the Postal service in transit from Japan. The other main bowl had suffered the same fate. It was a black Seto-guro bowl that I named ‘kumo’ spider. The chashaku was named dark night’Kuro-Yo’. The Mizusashi fresh water container was a basket weave pottery design. My Kekkai was the pumpkin and leaves. I encourage you to adapt Tea to fit he holidayd that you enjoy.

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