This summer we have been fortunate to be able to burn charcoal and do sumidemae. We can’t make tea if the charcoal doesn’t boil the water. For some reason, the water boiled with charcoal tastes better, sounds better and the steam is more consistently fluffy and pretty.
Of course, it all begins with the haigata …
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I have some new students and they were asking last week what is appropriate to wear to okeiko? What is appropriate to wear to a chakai?
The short response is kimono is always appropriate to wear in the tea room. I almost always wear kimono, whether I am teaching, or receiving a bowl of tea …
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