Oct 30, 2016

Practice in Octomber

October, at last. What a strange month October is! I see it a month of transformation, of transition, of full "proper" autumn.
Summer has past and tea seminars were none, everyone enjoyed summer holidays, the sun, the heat, the splendour of the vegetation.
Tea in summer has such a different taste than tea in October. The withered, the melancholy, the changing colours, the slight beginning of the loneliest season of the year. Not warm, not cool, not summer, not winter, not the full life of everything, not the dying of everything, but in between. October is in between, and so is the placement of the fire in Chashitsu, in between. The fire moves slightly towards the guests, as it is colder. The procedures are of humbly nature, the tea is made in a simple way.

Gogyo dana is the name of the shelf used in this month, the five element shelf, everything is united and placed in the centre of tatami.

I must say that this kama is not a kama good for this shelf, it is for Tsurigama, but please excuse us for using it, we have no other kama to use for furo.

Fire is made, in Shozumi (the first making of the fire) and Gozumi (the second making of the fire) as well.

 Koicha temae made by our students.

Lessons for the host and for the guests.

New students practised Ryaku bon procedures, a simple way to make a bowl of tea.

Cristina Comanac