I served tea at the Asahiyaki pottery kiln in Uji on the day before the official opening of their new store. It was an honour not only to have been able to inaugurate their newly built tea chamber, but also to celebrate the opening of the new store with a formally served bowl of tea.
Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun served thin tea employing the 'Tenrai' desk in a chair-seated service at Gango-ji temple on February 7. On February 10 we are scheduled to perform a brief service of thin tea employing the travel-chest at Tōdaiji, will again serve at this same location on February 12.
Recently, the intrepid and energetic Tangetsu-an Tyas Sōsen – navigator of the flight of The Tea Crane – negotiated with a representative of a Japanese public-relations giant, and got us summoned to provide a Tea-‘ceremony’ ‘experience’, intended as an appropriate adjunct to a ten-day ‘event’ to be offered by a major Osaka department-store. The occasion in question turned out to have been entitled “Play Kimono”. Play kimono? But how might one ‘play’ Japanese dress?
The town of Wazuka in the southern precincts of Kyoto prefecture, is one of thé most famous production areas of Kyoto's favored brand of Uji tea. The yearly tea festival in this town attracts over thousands of tea aficionados from everywhere in Japan and even from abroad. Tyas Sōsen was invited to host an outdoor Tea gathering during the two day event and offer visitors an opportunity to partake in a traditional serving of Japanese tea.
Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun assisted the Grand Master of the Enshu tradition of tea ceremony at the World Forum on Sport and Culture 2016, by providing translation and explanation during a tour of the tea pavilions in the rear garden of Tokyo National Museum, and through offering our guests individual bowls of tea during a service of tea hosted by the Grand Master himself.
Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun were requested to host Tea services as a means to provide a space in which visitors could not only see, but also experience Japanese tradition. During the span of 10 days, we hosted 5 sittings a day, and given the very small space we were provided with, regaling as many as 80 visitors was quite an accomplishment.
Tyas Sōsen took benefit of the beautiful Spring weather, and hosted a private outdoor tea gathering on the river-bank of Kamogawa river in Kyoto. The event was hosted in collaboration with PicNic Summit and themed around stories guests would bring in relation their potluck contributions to a varied assortment of sweets.
Tyas Sōsen prepared tea for several individual sittings, each housing 30 to 40 visitors.
Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun served thin tea at Gango-ji temple on February 9, and thick tea at Yakushi-ji temple on February 10, for hundreds of visitors, divided into several separated sittings. In the picture above, we were conducting a sitting of thin tea in a large hall used for monk's meditational practice at Gango-ji.
Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun served thick tea at Yakushi-ji temple for hundreds of visitors, divided into several separated sittings. In the picture above, we were hosting a sitting in the presence of the American Consul.