On the occasion of Jubilee School’s Cultural Day, Chanoyu Arabia was present as part of the Japanese corner, among other cultural centres, promoting their own culture to the aspiring, all A-class students of Jubilee School in Amman.
A first time experience for the students and their parents.
The tea was received well by most of the guests.
In addition to tea, students got the chance to learn a lot about Japanese language and culture, which were passionately introduced by our renowned language teacher T-sensei, and our origami prodigy M-san.
Some of the guests were asking for the biscuits’ recipe.
The location of the tea corner allowed people to have a good look at the process from different angles.
The main guest, willingly offering his tea to the second guest.
The phone cameras helped document the event for most of the students.
The hanging scroll featured “Wa Kei Sei Jaku” (Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquillity), the four virtues of the Way of Tea.
Most people were impressed with the vibrant colour of whisked tea.
With all the events that took place on that day, the flow of guests kept going steadily all through the day, without disappointing anyone, or being too hectic.
Thanks to T-sensei for taking all the photos, and documenting the event, even though he was busy with his own guests.
Talking about tea, is like dancing about architecture… but sometimes, it is inevitable, especially with this great chance to reach a wider audience, through the new Jordanian channel, Roya TV.
The first part is an introduction about Chado, and some of its related arts and philosophies. (Dialogue in Arabic)
The second part is a practical explanation about the procedures for preparing tea, following a form called “nagashidate”, which allows the host to chat with the guest while preparing tea, in a relatively casual way.
The third part shows the guest manners for drinking the tea, and an explanation about Chanoyu Arabia group.
Thanks to Rawan Daher for having the interest in sharing this with her viewers on Roya TV, and thanks to all of her team.
“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..
The second event took place at Chanoyu Arabia’s Tea Room, which gave our guests the chance to take part in several practice sessions.
The guests were instructed by Ula-sensei and Aaron-sensei on the proper guest manners, which can be performed at any tea gathering.
Before and after each practice session a student must respectfully greet the teacher.
Ula-sensei showing the proper way of dealing with the pouch of a tea container.
It was a pleasant surprise for some of our Japanese guests to experience their culture in an unlikely place, with a multi-national group of people.
Guests should wait for the right time to enjoy their sweets, in order to sweeten their palate right before their first sip of strong tea.
In one of the sessions, Ula-sensei and Aaron sensei, presented a special “temae” (form of preparing tea), that would only take place when a Nobleman and his friends are hosted.
On New Year’s Eve, we had a very special gathering for our distinguished guests, with “Time” being the theme, as written on the hanging scroll.
On the final day, guests who couldn’t attend before, got another chance to share a bowl of tea with our two teachers, they also enjoyed the special Arabic sweet made of semolina, cheese, and fresh cream.
The main guest, showing gratitude before having her share of Koicha (thick tea), which is then passed on to other guests.
Finally, thanks to all those who attended and enjoyed their time.
Thanks to both Ula-sensei and Aaron-sensei for sharing their knowledge and love of Tea in the most gracious way.
Special thanks to all of my family members, and all my friends, none of this would have happened if it weren’t for their support and encouragement.
With its unique Ammani structure and its beautiful garden of stone pathways, Jordan River Foundation Showroom was a great location to start off our series of public events in Jordan.
In a small, yet cosy and welcoming room, several people sat around Aaron-sensei and Ula-sensei as they were starting off their presentation on Chanoyu, the Japanese Art of Preparing Tea.
During each presentation, the public witnessed one of our teachers prepare the tea to a couple of the audiences, who sat on the mats, and the other teacher would explain the procedure in details.
The theme of the gathering was written on the hanging scroll as “kissakou”, which is an invitation to tea.
It was great seeing people learning and asking many questions about Chanoyu, from planting the tea leaves that turned into the powder called “Matcha”, which is whisked to be drank as thin tea “Usucha”, or kneaded into a creamy liquid tea “Koicha”, to the various utensils used in this procedure, and small box of incense, placed near the hanging scroll.
While people were busy watching the presentation, the back water room “mizuya” was preparing sweets and tea for the seated guests.
The three sessions hosted various people of different nationalities and age groups. We were very happy to witness the diversity of our guests, which supports our belief in how Chanoyu can reach many people no matter how far they are from Japan, geographically or culturally.
Thanks to all of our guests who attended and enjoyed their time, in either drinking tea for the first time, or for learning new things about Chanoyu.
Thanks to everyone at Jordan River Foundation for allowing us to use their unique space, and host this event for all of our guests.
It has been a great pleasure having both Aaron-sensei and Ula-sensei, of Sunshinkai-Warsaw, for several days in Jordan, where they kindly and lovingly, shared their love, passion and knowledge of tea, with people in Jordan.
I can’t thank them enough for putting their hearts into everything they did while they were here.
I personally got a very rare and special treat, as having two great teachers, at the same time, teach me many things, and support Chanoyu Arabia group in numerous ways.
Their visit will remain in the hearts and minds of all of those who got to meet them, and share with them a bowl of tea.
Thanks to all of you who helped make this visit, and all of the events we had, a great success.
More details of the events will follow..