Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to prepare matcha (video)

As I write this blog, I sometimes feel the limit of what I can tell by photos and texts. I wanted to tell you things on video. Here, I tried making a video on how to prepare matcha (about 9min). I myself appear on it. This will be the first time you are going to see me speaking … and moving ^^. I talked in Japanese and I added English subtitles. I thought making a video is not gonna be a problem, but it took a lot of time and effort ^^; So I could not post for a while. Anyway, see you in the video! He he he ^^






Edit: Aug.9 20013
New entries
How to fold chakin (video)
How to wipe the tea bowl (video)
 

18 comments:

  1. Great video, Kohei! It seems like you had fun making it :-)

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  2. Wonderful Kohei ! You have some great gestures !

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  3. Hello Kohei-san,
    Thanks for japanese language lesson and also great online preparing of matcha! It will be very useful video for me. Oh, and nice interier of room too.

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  4. Thanks for having taken that video and shared it. I hope there will be other videos of such quality!
    It made me feel like brewing matcha :-)

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I learned a lot!

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  6. Tsukimi-san, Michal-san, David-san, Tomá-san, Julien-san and Nick-san,
    I'm really glad that you liked my video. I didn’t want to prepare the beautiful matcha hill in the tea caddy again for a reshooting. I really wanted to take it in one time shooting. So, I trained myself at a temple in a mountain for a week. Kidding! Haha… ^^ But I practiced the sequence a few times in front of a mirror. Anyway, thank you for watching!

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  7. Hello Teacher Kohei-san, thanks a lot for the video. Your hapiness is contagious and your advice are precious...

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    1. I'm really flattered. Thanks for your comment!!

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  8. Thank you very much for posting this video! Watching this made me so happy :D
    I am going to make tea for myself right now!
    I do have one question, is there a decided way to wipe the bowl and do you need to wipe the front where you drink before you give to your guest? Just wondering the perfect method for serving a guest :)
    Thank You Thank YOU!!!

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    1. There is a certain way of wiping the bowl. It depends on school traditions. How I’ve done in the video is what I learned at my tea school. It might be difficult for you to learn the proper way just from this video. Please give me time. I’ll post a new entry for it in two weeks.
      You wipe the front of the bowl before making tea like I showed you in this video. But, you don’t wipe it after making tea. If you have any questions on my English, please feel free to let me know.

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  9. I really appreciate your prompt reply to my comment, thank you!
    I found your blog because I am moving to Hawaii (very big Japanese population) and I truly want to learn the proper way of customs/ceremonies/culture so I am not offending my coworkers and neighbors.
    I will be very happy to read your future posts, thank you again or considering my questions.

    Also, you have perfect English! :)

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    1. Here are the new entries about wiping the tea bow.

      How to fold chakin (video) >>> http://everyonestea.blogspot.jp/2013/08/how-to-fold-chakin.html
      How to wipe the tea bowl (video) >>> http://everyonestea.blogspot.jp/2013/08/how-to-wipe-tea-bowl-video.html

      They are a little complicated. You don’t have to be perfect if it is difficult for you. The idea that we clean the bowl before making tea is one of the gestures to show your respect to the guests. The tea bowl is already cleaned in the preparation room before the ceremony begins. However, you dare to clean it in front of the guests once again. I think that it represents the whole idea of the tea that you’re serving. It is something special and purified with your hospitality. As far as, you politely clean the bowl from the heart, it will be fine. Don’t worry the details too much. Good luck with your tea gathering and enjoy!!

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  10. Thank you for the video. I thouroughly enjoyed it.

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  11. Koheisan, thanks for the video. It was interesting. 素敵だった。もし僕はまた日本へ遊びに行ったら茶道を体験することができたらうれしいね

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    1. ありがとうDanielさん。Wow, you've been to Japan before. I hope you had a good time. You definitely have to try it next time!

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