Monday, July 14, 2008

Tea Party

I've blogged about the Japanese tea ceremony before but I'll blog about it again! Yesterday, we had a ocha-kai or tea party at my Sensei's house. She has converted the guest bedroom in her house into a beautiful Japanese tea room with rice paper screen doors and straw tatami mat floors. Every week I go to her house for lessons. I love this tea room. The soft lighting and smell of the tatami mats is calming to the soul.
This weekend, instead of the typical weekly lesson, we had a full blown proper Japanese tea party. The traditional Japanese ocha-kai begins with osumi demae, where the host lays the charcoal inside the hearth the to start a fire so that the water in the iron pot will boil. Next, okoicha (thick tea) is served to the guests in a series of elegantly choreographed steps. After the first bowl of tea the guests have a kaiseki lunch (a special kind of full-course meal). We started off with cute red lacquer bowls of clear soup broth.Then we had a beautiful and delicious lunchbox catered from a local Japanese restaurant called Mimi. Everything was so good! After lunch, the host will serve usucha (thin tea) with confections or small sweets.I love all of the delicate and unique utensils used in the Japanese tea ceremony. A Japanese tea party is an elegant occasion where the ladies come dressed in their finest kimonos.

16 comments:

vermichelli said...

arent they like wtf when your snapping pictures during the ceremony? HAHAHA you crazy!

maybelles parents said...

interesting. I have a love of kaiseki and made a kaiseki inspired lunch for the eclipse this year. nothing real, but just in the vein of that.

Peter M said...

Lina, here in Toronto we have a kaiseki restaurant and it's highly regarded. Now I'm even more intrigued to dine there.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

this looks so great-what an amazing day it must have been!

milkrobot said...

nice pictures. I'm sooo jealous

Tartelette said...

What an amazing experience! You did a wonderful job describing it!

fumipuriri said...

i want a kimono too!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Wow these photos are just great! Thanks honey for sharing and compliments to your friend Sensei for the fantastic job in her house! lovely!
kiss
Silvia

::Christine:: said...

ocha is green tea right?

i <3<3<3 all your pictures. they are so beautiful! =)

Susan said...

Lina, the tea ceremony/lunch was fascinating! Can't wait to read more of your blog!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

How beautiful is this? I want to do that some day. Great pictures Lina!

Cynthia said...

I am blown away...

Kevin said...

That tea ceremony looks like a lot of fun.

That Girl said...

This is one of the coolest things I've seen in ages.

Sheena said...

These pictures are really great Lina!! 腕があがったね。

nita said...

yay!! i love the japanese tea ceramic/ utensils too!

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