Kashintei Kai March Chakai

I have the privilege of belonging to  Kashintei Kai a tea group that holds a once a month chakai at the tea house in the Portland Japanese Garden. It was my turn to host in March and I decided to use the tsurigama, or hanging kettle.  This is a very special kettle because it belonged to my sensei, Minako, along with the special chain, large kan (kettle loops) and bridge.

We are fortunate to have had a wonderful spring in Portland and now there is an abundance of flowers.  So the theme for this chakai is flowers. hana-zokuzokuA

The shikishi reads “hana zoku zoku, nishiki zoku zoku”  flowers everywhere, brocade everywhere by Harada Shodo Roshi.

The bronze vase with an exquisite single red camellia bud in the tokonoma.hana-zokuzokuNatsume is sakura and momiji with a moon — Yamanaka lacquer.

The chashaku is made by Zuiho of sesame bamboo with black lacquer sakura. Gomei: hana goromo, robe of flowers.tsurigamaA2015The main bowl is a Genji guruma (cart) filled with flowers both inside and out.


tsurigamaB2015While making tea the kettle sways slightly as if in a spring breeze.


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    • gregg on March 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I recently read of a student who was very very careful with the hishaku so as not to cause the slightest swaying of the kama only to have his teacher give it a gentle push and say ” it looks better with a slight breeze blowing “

    • Admin on March 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for that story. I agree, it looks better with a slight breeze blowing! Thank you for your comment.

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