To my delight, I discovered a trove of big, glossy, gorgeous tea-related books at the public library. I’m reading Tea: Aromas and Flavours around the World right now and they have information about the particular tea ceremony I’m learning about (the rote memory student in me rejoices!). For reference:
Fukusa: A small square of silk used for symbolic purification.Lots of folding and clockwise wiping.
Chasen: Small bamboo whisk that gives the macha a frothy texture.
Chawan: Tea bowl. Gorgeous things.
Chashaku: Bamboo scoop that I must handle as a very heavy object even though it is very light because it is “precious”.
Natsume: Red box containing the macha powder.
Higashi: Dry and sugary cake, of which I scattered all over the tatami mat the last lesson.
Did You Know?
– Every samurai soldier appointed a tea master to perform a purification tea ceremony for strength before a battle. (Tea ain’t for sissies yah?)
– The four principles underlying Chado: Harmony, Respect, Purity and Serenity (the synthesis of the previous three qualities).
– The design of early tea pavilions laid the foundation for contemporary Japanese architecture, which previously only took its cue from China.