A Happy belated New Year!!
Two weeks have already passed since the New Year's Day. Thank you for visiting my blog and making your hearty comments on my previous posts. I am always grateful to your kindness. I look forward to visiting your posts and also seeing new blog friends this year.
This is a pair of pine decorations at the gate of my friend's house ( the left side). In Japanese calender, New Year celebration lasts until January 15th. New Year's decorations are still hung outside of the gates at some houses.
I went to the Jikoin temple by myself. It is the home of Sekishu style in Tea ceremony, which is one of the Japanese traditional styles of Tea ceremony.The temple is 15 kilometers south of our house.
Walking up a very narrow and steep cobbled approach, which is off from a busy paved street with people and cars, we see a double shaped temple gate with thatched roof.
This temple with thatched roof which was founded in 1663 by Sekishu Katagiri has a distinguishing feature that the whole building is entirely made for Japanese Tea ceremony. Let’s enter the drawing room.
There is a silence as if time stops.
Visitors are first served Japanese powdered green tea, which tastes mild but bitter, and a small Japanese style confection here.
We can relish the seasonal garden.
Rules of behavior in Japanese traditional Tea ceremony tend to be considered very difficult and conventional. So, the guests who are invited to the Tea ceremony sometimes hesitate to be invited, worrying that they don't have enough knowledge about them.
I learned Japanese tea ceremony called Omote-Senke style for just a couple of years when I was young. It was not enough to learn the tradition of Tea ceremony, but I remember what my great teacher was saying to the students all the time. It was that Tea ceremony is something to have any guests enjoy the tea even if they don't know how to behave.
Let's have a walk in the garden.
There is a steppingstone as veranda like porch is high. Be careful as you step down!
I would be happy to find various small events, beautiful things, and change of seasons around me this year as well.
Untill next time!