Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chanoyu 茶の湯

What is chanoyu?
Chanoyu is Japanese tea ceremony that came from China and improved in Japan. Chanoyu also influenced from Zen Buddhism, and it's reflected by how they preparing and presenting the tea in the tea room. There are many activities that associated with chanoyu such as ikebana (flower arrangement) and shodo (Japanese Calligraphy). Do you guys curious what kind of tools that required for chanoyu? Let's check it out!

The Tea Room

That's the picture of chanoyu basic tools, check it out for it's name:

1. chagama; it's large iron kettle for heated water and usually made from iron
2. chawan; tea bowl for make and drink the tea
3. mizusashi; lidded container for hold the fresh cold water
4. chaire; cointainer for hold the powdered tea
5. chashaku; tea scoop for making tea
6. hishaku; a long bamboo ladle for transferring cold or hot water
7. futa-oki; kettle-lid rest but sometimes used to rest the hishaku
8. chasen; tea whisk for mixing the tea
9. chakin; tea cloth to cleanse the tea bowl

So what do you guys think? Interested to learn chanoyu?
I've had a lesson about chanoyu before and it's sure interesting. And my opinion is, chanoyu's lesson is hard and must determine you heart to it. If you learn chanoyu, you'll feel like you can never stop learning it. So that's it for now, bye-bye!

Source : Introduction to Japanese Culture by Daniel Sosnoski

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