Tea Ceremony

Tea Kettle Revival

With Senses from Japan 2017 is coming up, I’ve been spending some time for the preparation, which in itself is exciting and a lot of fun. One of the fun part of hosting a tea ceremony event is the process of choosing all the tea utensils.  Although my tea utensil collection is minimal and nothing …

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Illuminating Tea Room… with SKYBLUE Furniture for Healing

Frosaki Byobu is used in tea ceremony to create intimate space for the gathering.  What if it gives you healing illumination… That’s what SKYBLUE Furniture for Healing does with the latest electro-magnetic technology! An engineering team “Permeance” of a Tokyo-based company To-wa Co., Ltd. is now having a crowd funding campaign for this SKYBLUE project. …

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Wagashi… The Art that Pleases Your Palate

Wagashi (和菓子)literally means “Japanese sweets.” In tea ceremony, it plays a vital role as an appetizer for the main course; matcha green tea. Having wagashi first mitigates the bitterness of matcha, creating perfect harmony in your palate. The visual presentation is just as important as the taste.  For generations, wagashi craftsmen have been trying to …

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Monty’s Spirit Lives in His Tea Room

March 11… It has become the day no Japanese can forget.  But the nature didn’t have any discrimination by nationality.  Some foreigners living in that region then lost their lives.  Young Montgomery “Monty” Dickson from Alaska was one of them. After graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Monty worked as an English language teacher …

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Gifts from the Met

Obtaining interesting images for the update articles is a hassle, I admit.  The press announce from the Metropolitan Museum of Art last month, therefore, is a great news for me!  Especially they have over 300,000 digital images of Japanese items. On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as …

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