Friday, December 30, 2011
TEA CEREMONY １２／３
They also have little pocket books to keep this special paper in. You bring it out, fold it inside out (so the part is clean you'll put the cake on) and then fold it correctly afterwards.
You also get a little fork/knife to cut it. You can just pick it up and eat it. I made the mistake of cutting it. CRUMBLES! So I was trying to pick up all the crumbs in this small piece of paper.
But the meaningfulness of the ceremony, and the manners it shows how to do is really a very important cultural thing. Only a few study the art of it.
We ended up in a group of elderly women. Several had actual pop out chairs to sit on, instead of their knees. They'd obviously been taking tea ceremony lessons together for years and were hazing each other and joking. They had fun with Hallie and I. Hearing old Japanese ladies say their version of 'Chug, chug, chug!' was fun. They didn't seem to mind that we were bungling our way through their sacred customs.
Now, the video!