Nara today

I went to a tea ceremony held by Mr. Kawase  in front of his house, along the Saho river in Nara. It is the first time I have been to a tea ceremony, and the first time I have seen one held outside.

We were served in two yama chawans. I saw a lot of other people being served in the same. I don’t think they are the ‘cheap’ type of tea bowls that Kawase said were used for outdoor ceremonies. I don’t know how much they go for but it is at least 20,000 yen each.

We then went indoors for a second round in the main house’s tatami room. There the service was all European except for the items in the tokonoma.

After that we walked down the road to Mr. Kawase’s father’s house. The house is designated an Important Cultural “thing”. Juyoubunkazai.

Then I cooked dinner, curry.

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I have lived in Japan for 19 years doing ceramics almost the whole time. I have a wood burning noborigama and a long snake kiln.. I
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