January 24, 25 & 26
The first of three hatsugama chaji was conducted on Friday 24th between Ueda Ryū and Sōhen Ryū friends.
Saturday 25th was a yobanashi (night time) chaji with Adam as host and some of his European students as guest.
On Sunday 26th the roles were changed and Kyle (U.K.) performed the host’s role and Adam enjoyed Hatsugama as head guest.
24 Hour Tea Meditation for World Peace
Hannah performed a 24 Hour Tea Meditation at Rainbow Serpent Festival in rural Victoria, Australia.
Hannah offered one host one guest tea rituals every 20 minutes for 24 hours as a prayer for World Peace.
On Sunday the 3rd of February 2019 Tae hosted Hatsugama at Terrey Hills. Lauren, Pete and Jon were the guests. Emily was hanto.
One Dawn Together
The morning of Tuesday, 5th February 2019, saw the inaugural Lunar Wabicha, “One dawn together”, roll out across our Earth. This event extended past Sōmu Shachū. On the morning of the Lunar New Year, many chajin around the world participated in the spirit of tea, together. The event was inspired by one of the tea records attributed to Sen Rikyū in the Nampō Roku.
Please read the account of the event via this link.
Hatsu発Gama- Hosted by Yumi
The experimental Hatsu「発」Gama was conducted in Preston, Melbourne.
Hatsu- can be translated, as set off, depart, start from, emit, discharge, disclose and occur.
The Chaji was conducted around the theme of Hatsu「発」through Koicha, Tension- Kaiseki, A dance, and Usucha.
The dance was based on the individual card, they picked up (e.g. 発音、発煙、発進、発揮）and Usucha was served by the host and the guests as a relay style, accompanied by Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
March 17 (Sunday, 6am - 6pm)
Autumn Equinox Tea Meditation
Hannah offered tea ceremony to friends and passers by on a beautiful day at the Labyrinth by Merri Creek in inner Melbourne.
Tabigarasu 旅烏 chaji
Petr held a chaji for his friends to celebrate the return of crows to their nestling trees in city parks of České Budějovice (Czech Repulic). Their return marks the coming of Spring.
The theme "Tabigarasu" was illuminated with the Bashō's haiku:
古巣は梅に furusu wa ume ni
A wayfaring crow
Returns to its old nesting tree -
Covered in plum blossoms
- Bashō (Spring 1685)
Summer was definitely holding on strong as the Sydney cRyu welcomed in Autumn at Pete’s ever-growing tea complex on March 24.
Peter was host with Tae, Jon, Lauren & newcomer, Alex (Urasenke lad) as guests.
Tae-san laid the charcoal in response to Pete’s sumi-shomo request and Pete’s tenshin meal incorporated some homegrown elements from his own micro garden.
Koicha rites took place in the koma chashitsu (hakobi mizusashi/Haseh natsume) and a light chabako usucha was offered in the Hiroma room.
All in all it was a very relaxed, fun Sunday afternoon chaji with a definite Aussie-Ueda-world-town vibe.
March 28 - Anniversary of Rikyū's Death
One Host, One Guest Nodate Chaji, Parc de Sceaux, France
Choose to love
Feel the warm
One Host, One Guest Nodate Chaji, Rikyū Schooling Nirvana on Wabi Day, 31st Year of the Heisei Era aka 2019.
Autumnal Wabi-cha, Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia
Lauren welcomed the arrival of autumn by opening the ro in a casual chaji held on 13 April 2019. Pete was head guest and Jon was last guest.
Fresh shimeshibai was made for this occasion from last year’s charcoal remains, plus a generous dusting of stale matcha. The guests enjoyed two rounds of monkō during the sho-iri. The go-iri was conducted in ultra-wabi style with the katte being converted into a mizuya dōko and two rounds of usucha following koicha immediately using the remaining tea from the nakatsugi.
In the belly of Jinshin-Uwo
Chaji, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Erika recieved her guests inside the installation of the Brazilian visual artist Sandra Lapage at VÃO, an independent art space in Sao Paulo.
Inspiration: Jose Luis Borges fantastic creatures, tectonic movements, nature’s cycles and feminine energy, intimacy, syncretism, assemblage.
Rikyū Memorial Nodate Chakai, local park - Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia
On 21 April 2019, the 428th anniversary of Rikyū’s death, Lauren offered tea in his memorial at a local park, serving bowls of usucha from a tanzakubako. The remaining water from the kama was used to make instant ramen at the follow-up picnic.
Fukurodana no Chakai, Mittagong, NSW, Australia
On 28 April 2019, Lauren hosted a casual chaji for a well-known local potter and her husband. Lauren owns quite a few of her pots and re-purposed some of them as mitate dōgu for this chaji. For example, ceramic whisky cups served as sayu cups, espresso cups held cold tofu, and coffee saucers were used as meimeizara. Taking into account the guests’ preferences and seiza tolerance, the proceedings were abbreviated to sumi, tenshin, nakadachi and two rounds of usucha.
The Last Leaf of Autumn Chaji,
Mittagong, NSW, Australia
On 14 June 2019 Lauren hosted a chaji for four guests from her neighbourhood. The impetus for and consequently the theme of the chaji was a painting of autumn foliage on shikishi which Lauren received from her neighbour. The guests also brought plants for the work-in-progess tea garden as gifts. As this was the first matcha/tea ceremony/tatami experience for two of the guests, koicha was omitted and a 10-minute “chaji primer” at the machi-ai was added.