6/01/2009

Tea ceremony in cool Japanese style


On May 29th, Book Expo America, the biggest publishing exposition in USA, was held in Javits Convention Center, New York. The students of my kimono class asked me to show procedures for making tea at the booth of Kodansha America. It was an awesome request for me, but I undertook her request, just serving tea for guests. Based on the bonryaku temae, the simplest way of serving tea, which was created by the 13th tea master Ennosai in Urasenke tea school, I showed guests to make teas using a tea tray.

Because it was near June, I wore a summer kimono, ro, ahead of the season. Although weather forecast had called for showers on the day of the event, it became fine and gradually hotter like a “summer day”. I was pleased to welcome guests with a summer ro kimono.

This ro kimono was tailored two years ago at the draper's, Takoya, near Nezu Station in Tokyo, which helped me very much. I fell in love with its fabric at first sight. Hydrangeas in early summer and balloonflowers in late summer are drawn on its fabric. The mistress of this shop said with a full smile, “You can wear a kimono tailored from this fabric all summer long.” Indeed its designs seem straightforward, but I like this ro kimono very much.

Before my performance, I asked a teacher of tea ceremony in Urasenke school to supervise my tea serving. I appreciate her to make time for us.
This time I realized that I love tea ceremony. Soon after I moved to New York last year, I began to take lessons in this city. Tea ceremony actually seems like a mirror of mind. Because I have not been familiar with environments around me and have spent hectic times, I honesty have had difficulty in concentrating on lessons of tea ceremony.
But through this event, I dearly want to continue taking lessons for facing me, on the jump, without protest. The next day, I told my teacher of tea ceremony that the event of tea serving ended successfully. Then I promised her to take her lessons continuously. I will continue tea ceremony in the future.

Link to BookExpo America http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/

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