Kanzashi - Japanese Tea Party
The magical and mysterious Land of the Rising Sun is beautiful and limitless, like the sunrise itself. It is difficult for us to understand the technology of the change of day and night, the appearance of wind and rain, it is also difficult to understand Japan and the Japanese. The fact that they learn more in the womb - their traditions, kanzashi ornaments - is impossible for a foreigner to feel. Europeans perceive their traditions and culture as an axiom, as if it were a natural phenomenon.
Daily or holiday?
It is said that the Japanese, in joy, seem strange to a European. You can not talk about the Land of the Rising Sun as a society, where only tea ceremonies are held. Firstly, this pleasure is very expensive, super-important, and secondly, it takes a lot of time, and thirdly, only a master who has undergone many years of training can conduct the ceremony.
Usually the hostess of a tea party is a geisha or maiko. Her finesse, refined movements, impeccably matched kimono, traditional hairstyle and amazingly simple and refined bright kanzashi in dark hair set up meditation relaxation.
Mistress of the ceremony
With a smile, eyes, smooth movements, she invites to a tea house, which is specially placed in a remote corner of the garden. Leads them through a simple and at the same time refined plot, symbolizing modesty, peace, pastel beauty and encouraging to think. Stone winding path, lanterns help prepare for the traditional sacrament.
Then they come up to the well, where they rinse their mouths, wash off all earthly worries from their hands with cool jets and go to a low door, which can be entered only by kneeling.
Inside is just as simple and modest, from the decorations a carefully selected bouquet, a fragrant smoking woman, a scroll on which the theme of the ceremony is marked. It is located in the tokonome - niche opposite the entrance. The combination of twilight and silence, when the sound of boiling water is heard, allows you to achieve inner harmony.
Sitting on mats, guests admire the scroll, bouquet, and decoration of the room. While the water is boiling, snacks and drinks are served: rice, soup, vegetables, fish and sake. Then, in complete silence, with fading, they watch the preparation of thick tea. The finished drink is poured into a bowl and passed on to the guest of honor, who, after drinking 3.5 sips, offers to his neighbor. So the cup, traveling in a circle, brings together those present.
The conversation begins on the designated topic, avoid discussing everyday problems, relate to literature, nature, painting, music. To the quiet sounds of words, tea and cakes are served in cups.
As soon as geiko leaves the house, the tea ceremony is considered completed. Guests calmly leave, they are joined by a sweet smiling hostess and escorts to the exit.
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