I have been working with a journalist from the local arts web magazine on my journey with tea. It is always difficult to gauge how deep to go with someone who has no notion of what Chado is about. We started in January and he told me that he would like to interview me for about half an hour about Japanese Tea Ceremony. He had seen a brief demonstration at the Portland Japanese Garden and thought that he could write a story from the interview.
Three hours later, he said that he would like to explore it further. Then he emailed me and wanted to know if there was anything else he could read that might help him understand what it was about and why I had been studying it for so long. I referred him to the SweetPersimmon blog.
I think he mined the blog almost from the beginning so many of the quotes in the article may be familiar to you. He also did extensive research on his own about Chado. And finally, I hosted him for a chakai in the Issoan Tea Room. One of the few guests who have come to have tea in the last two and half years.
Anyway, I am impressed that he captured the essence in such a short amount of time and extracted things from the blog relevant to anyone who doesn’t know about my journey. Here’s is the link to “The Art of Tea,” by Brett Campbell. I hope you enjoy.