“Hatsudate” First Tea Gathering of 2011

“At 400 meters below sea level, anywhere you go from here will be up” said Ula-sensei as we sat early in the morning, in time for our first tea gathering of the year.

The spectacular scenery provided a great background for the begonia in the bamboo vase, standing next to the wooden incense box, in front of the black lacquered “natsume”, filled with light tea for making “usucha” (thin tea).

Hot water in the “kama”, fresh water in the white “mizusashi”, and the “chaire” is wrapped in its silk pouch and filled with special tea for making “koicha”.

Aaron-sensei preparing the first bowl of thick tea, which was made for a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

A serene interval, before we shared our koicha.

Ula-sensei kneading thick tea for everyone.

After we all had our share, Ula-Sensei finished the remaining bit in conclusion.

The hanging scroll in the background reads “Ikka goyou ni hiraku” meaning: One flower opens into five petals. A precious gift from the Grand Tea Master Hounsai Daisosho, who wrote it to Aaron-sensei and Ula-sensei’s group in Poland, and they kindly shared it with us in Jordan for this special occasion.

Aaron-sensei and Ula-sensei waiting to be served thin tea.

Preparing thin tea for our distinguished guests.

Pouring hot water in the white “Raku-style” tea bowl, one of the twin tea bowls Aaron-sensei and Ula-sensei kindly brought with them for this special occasion.

Thanks to everyone who made this a very special day to remember, and hope to gather again for many years to come..

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12 responses

  1. Wonderful location and photos!

    It all looks so magical with the open sea and mountains in front of you.

    2011/01/10 at 10:45 AM

    • Thanks for stopping by Zaher. It surely was magical. I am glad it happened the way it did, and in that location.

      2011/01/10 at 7:59 PM

  2. Mariam

    this absoluletly has exceeded my imaginations:D wonderful ya ahmad:D

    2011/01/10 at 1:00 PM

    • Thanks Mariam for your continuous support to Chanoyu Arabia. You are one of the earliest members and contributors. See you soon. ^^b

      2011/01/10 at 8:01 PM

  3. Sahar

    Beautiful setting! I hear the whisking of tea in the complete quietness!

    Brilliant Ahmad!

    2011/01/11 at 9:53 AM

    • It was a special event, and the tea itself that we had was really great! A special kind, grown in a small family plantation.

      2011/01/11 at 3:47 PM

  4. I still feel bad that I missed it. Brilliant post & photos. way to go saqf 🙂

    2011/01/11 at 1:16 PM

    • Thanks Hammoud, inshaAllah you will get to experience other special events to come.

      2011/01/11 at 3:48 PM

  5. Salah Odeh

    An excellent effort and a wonderful presentation done Ahmed. You do us all proud by trying to bring something new to us from a vibrant culture that we can share much with. Bravo and good luck with your future events.

    2011/01/15 at 8:40 PM

    • Thanks Abu Hisham for your comment and encouragement. Next time you are in Amman, you are welcome to have a bowl of tea together.

      2011/01/19 at 2:38 PM

  6. Rashed

    Beautiful setting hopefully for a beautiful year, wishing everyone a fantastic 2011. Very impressed to see how active you have been in the community spreading the practice Ahmad…You make me proud to be your friend…

    2011/01/23 at 7:57 PM

    • Thanks a lot Rashed for your encouragement and kind wishes.
      Hope you will attend our next events.

      2011/01/23 at 8:38 PM

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