August 27, 2008


The Chawan is the most important tool for the Japanese tea ceremony. Isn't it? If we have Matcha and hot water but not a bowl to serve it in, what good are these ingredients? Our guests will be staring at the powdered Matcha while hearing the water boiling in the Kama. They've already had their sweets and are waiting to balance out the sweetness with a bitter drink.

When I asked several experienced tea teachers, they quickly replied that the Chawan is the most important. After answering the question they started thinking about it more and more which made them confused.

please leave a comment and your opinion whether you agree or disagree!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes it is difficult to drink without the chawan but with no tea and water to drink, the chawan is useless. ...and with no water and realization in (tea)life! So why tea and water - Because of the kakejiku because of the bokuseki, the imprint of the seal, not the words or painting on the paper. The seal is the imprint made of buddha or the presonalized buddha, the very reason why to build a jojohan - the true karamono. The reason to gather with water, tea, sumi anda chawan. To enjoy a moment in the same room as buddha. This was a reason after the Ashikaga. Before there were othr reasons and after there certainly are other reasons...