The hearth is called Ro. We say we "open" the ro in November. It is a formal event when the tea master can and will probably will perform himself the tea ceremony. It is very seldom that the tea master does himself a tea ceremony in front of his students, probably the only one time in a year, therefore it is very important for them.
This year our sensei, Sooga, performed Bon-Kogo temae for the making of the fire, and Tsuzuite Usucha for the think tea (Koicha) and the thin tea (Usucha). He had been helped by our day-to-day instructor, Cristina san, in making Usucha. A very good meal, called Kaiseki, had been prepared between the making of the fire and the tea.
We had special guests for this ceremony, Mrs Sanda Rosescu and her friend Simona Sora, to whom we thank deeply for their participation.