Upon entering the tearoom, it is important above all else that both host and guests compose their frame of mind so as to be completely free of extraneous thought; this attitude should be harbored within and not displayed outwardly. ~ Murata Shuko (d. 1502)
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One of the pleasures of attending a tea gathering are the stories told at the gathering. Putting together how the meaning of the scroll and the choices of the utensils along with the poetic names of the sweets and chashaku make for an interesting time.
Some of my students are beginnning to study the kazari …
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