The tea gathering on Monday went very well, I think. I was preparing up until the last minute. Before the guests arrived, I sprinkled water on the driveway all the way to the street and sprinkled water on the plants leading up to the house to make it welcome and refreshing. Then I put the kettle on to heat water.
The gathering started at 2:00 pm. There were three guests and all arrived on time. I served hot water for refreshment and then they entered the tea room. After greetings, I served a light meal that included sake, of course. After the meal I served a homemade tea sweet and then the guests had a short break while I prepared the room for tea. We enjoyed thick tea where everyone shared a bowl and then thin tea made in individual bowls.
Because the guests were long time tea students who had studied with me for many years, it was a convivial group and everyone knew what to expect, and and what to do. We created our own experience and I hope my guests had a good time.
If you are in Portland, Oregon, I hope you can join me for a tea presentation at First Thursday.
Thursday, June 7th, from
Dai Ichi International Inc.
925 NW Lovejoy