Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Fuden-An: Leaves from a Tea-Journal

The first tea ceremonies for the New Year[March 2017]

KOBORI Sojitsu (the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School )

Kobori Sojitsu PictureThe first tea ceremonies of the new year, which took place over six days in the training center of our school, were blessed with good weather and successful. Some sixty staff in total including myself, my family members, my disciples, the staff looking after the water supply, reception, cloakroom and gardening, were there to receive about one hundred and eighty visitors each day. You may wonder why we needed so many staff but this is what is needed for great hospitality.

Our school is characterized not only by a significant number of students, but also by their willingness to welcome guests. That is why they rejoice in our tea ceremonies.

My main role was to prepare thick tea in my tea room but I also ensured the atmosphere of the water supply rooms, the meal rooms, and the light tea rooms were acceptable. As there were so many of us there may have been some parts lacking here and there. But each of us had a strong will to do well and as the organizer of the ceremonies, I was happy and proud of it.

When I was young, the new year's tea ceremony never reached that level of perfection. I think we were more carefree and relaxed about it. I know that some appreciated the art of tea at the time because of the laid-back atmosphere.

However, in modern society we have this concern to make people forget their troubles and help them to rest by enjoying a bowl of tea in just a short space of time and this requires more effort than in the past.

 My task is to ensure my staff understands this. The art of tea allows me to understand how important it is to have high regard not only for one's guests but also for oneself and those around you.

These first ceremonies of the year were an occasion for me to advance on the path to perfection. In addition, this year we welcomed a team of cameramen to produce a television documentary. I hope you will have the pleasure of seeing, through these documentary, scenes that you may have missed in tea ceremony.

End of year greetingsLinkIcon

Dear readersLinkIcon

What I have in mind through ChanoyuLinkIcon

Shopping at year-endLinkIcon

Get ready for the New YearLinkIcon

N.Y. and D. C.LinkIcon

A certain girlLinkIcon

Advent of autumnLinkIcon

Sairai ‘return again’
[Apr 2012]LinkIcon

When arranging flowers…
[May 2012]LinkIcon

The cicadas cry
[jun 2012] [ch0]LinkIcon

My visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree.
[jul 2012]LinkIcon

Watching Sumo
[Aug 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics
[Sep 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics(Part 2)
[Oct 2012]LinkIcon

What we must do now
[Nov 2012]LinkIcon

Finishing the year.
[Dec 2012]LinkIcon

At the New Year [Jan 2013]LinkIcon

my tea room[Feb 2013]LinkIcon

Shouzeri[Mar 2013]LinkIcon

All about April [April 2013]LinkIcon

Tools and the feelings they evoke[May 2013]LinkIcon

Three Years On[June 2013]LinkIcon

Fate[Jul 2013]LinkIcon

The shape of ash[Aug 2013]LinkIcon

Niagara Falls[September 2013]LinkIcon

Visiting Singapore[Oct 2013]LinkIcon

wisdom of “shift”[Nov 2013]LinkIcon

Time[Dec 2013]LinkIcon

Peacefulness[Jan 2014]LinkIcon

Double Surprise[Feb 2014]LinkIcon

Sellout crowd, greatly impressed. [Mar 2014]LinkIcon

A red Japanese plum on a snowy day [April 2014]LinkIcon

My First Encounter with Film[May 2014]LinkIcon

First impressions[June 2014]LinkIcon

The sense of moderation [July 2014]LinkIcon

What we know and don't know[August 2014]LinkIcon

One after the other[September 2014]LinkIcon

The Tea Ceremony Teddy Bear[October 2014]LinkIcon

Here's looking at you, kid[November 2014]LinkIcon

The end of the year[December 2014]LinkIcon

Hon[January 2015]LinkIcon

Seishori nimo todomarazu[February 2015]LinkIcon

Approaches in Tea Ceremony[March 2015]LinkIcon

Separation[April 2015]LinkIcon

Recent events[May 2015]LinkIcon

Recent Events (continued)[June 2015]LinkIcon

Cleaning[July 2015]LinkIcon

Bowing in Japanese Tea Ceremony[August 2015]LinkIcon

Inauguration[September 2015]LinkIcon

Twenty -fifth anniversary in Singapore[October 2015]LinkIcon

Cultural exchanges in Europe[November 2015]LinkIcon

Coming to a close[December 2015]LinkIcon

Man[January 2016]LinkIcon

What does and doesn't change[February 2016]LinkIcon

Tea ceremonies in the snow[March 2016]LinkIcon

Seasons[April 2016]LinkIcon

Hospitality[May 2016]LinkIcon

Time[June 2016]LinkIcon

Appreciation of objects [July 2016]LinkIcon

A meeting in the sky[August 2016]LinkIcon

Amid world developments[September 2016]LinkIcon

Absent and Present [October 2016]LinkIcon

Thank you for a perfect day! [November 2016]LinkIcon

Thinking of my Sixtieth Anniversary[December 2016]LinkIcon

Discard Everthing[February 2017]LinkIcon