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
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Feel the warm
One Host, One Guest Nodate Chaji, Rikyū Schooling Nirvana on Wabi Day, 31st Year of the Heisei Era aka 2019.