Friday evening I had the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of Margie and her students for tea.
Tea ceremony is an experience. I find my self at a loss of words to accurately describe it, but I will try.
First off everything has its place. There is nothing extra. There is a strict adherence to form, but only to be able to appreciate emptiness. Ok, there was one thing I am not sure about, what is up with the unused hand fan? I suppose it was used to mark your place/ announce your entrance, but as it was not used as a fan… I bet Margie can help me out with this… then again; maybe there is nothing to understand.
There is of course the primary players, guest and host, who form a symbiotic relationship in the tea ceremony. The whole affair is artfully choreographed in a display of appreciation. And there is a whole array of sensory data to appreciate. If you get a chance to participate or observe this phenomenon do take advantage of it. I do have one warning though be prepared for the inevitable over stimulation hangover. I find staring at a wall helps.
To learn more about the art of tea recommend you visit Margie’s blog If you are in the Portland Oregon area (Mumon & Bruce & Tina, this means you) there will be an open house July, 17, 24, 21 at the Ryokusuido Tea Room at 39th and NE Glisan. In August there will be a two week workshop in how to be a guest at a Japanese tea ceremony. Thursday August 7, 14 or August 21. 28. you can Contact Margie through her blog for more details.
Ok I got the AC plugged in, it is getting to hot outside, algae is blooming in the pond, baby ffish swimming, radish flowers blooming, salt pickles to be made.