Monday, August 25, 2014

Teatime in the living room made special‏


At a family gathering

One of my cousins got married. He came over to introduce us his new partner the other day. I planned to hold a casual tea ceremony to welcome them. I decided to serve tea in my living room. I had six people as guest. I invited them into the living room. When they got in the room, I could tell by their faces that they were all excited. They probably felt a different ambience than usual. I did nothing special. Maybe, they sensed it from the flower on display, steam coming from the kettle, dim lighting from half-closed blinds or the cleaned table without any finger prints. It’s needless to say that the tea gathering went quite successful and the guests left in awe.


Turn my living room into a tea space

Having tea with an extraordinary scenery or a tasteful tea room is awesome. But you can experience the principle of chanoyu even in an ordinary room. I believe that the essence of tea gathering is to create a special moment in your everyday living. You don’t have to do anything special to set up a tea space. It is simple but quite effective. What you do is clean the room, display a flower, adjust the lighting and you can light incense if you want. That’s it. There is no need for conspicuous decorations. Those modest but decent works will create the special atmosphere and I’m sure that your guests will notice your quiet attention to details.

 

9 comments:

  1. The black of the TV screen is a great background to the flower. The whole scene looks very pleasant and fun, with everyone so interested in watching the matcha preparation. I very much like this idea. Congrats to your cousin!

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    1. Hi, thank you for your comment! Since I don’t have a proper tea room at home, this is how I enjoy it. It’s still fun to prepare the flower and choose the sweets for the tea gathering. Seeing the guest enjoy the tea is pleasure.

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  2. So... are you known in your extended family as the one who is crazy about things related to tea? ;) But joking aside, I like to enjoy tea in my home this way too. Looks fun!

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    1. Yap, I’m the man who is known as a tea nerd, hahaha.

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  3. its true, i think so-many people like to take tea at home in front of TV, and i am also enjoying tea in my home with my family and friend, we all a great fan of TeaNaga green tea.

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  4. Thanks for writing this article, indeed a helpful one.

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