I have the privilege of belonging to Kashintei Kai a tea group that
holds a once a month chakai at the tea house in the Portland Japanese
Garden. It was my turn to host in March and I decided to use the
tsurigama, or hanging kettle. This is a very special kettle because it
belonged to my sensei, Minako, along with the special chain, large kan
(kettle loops) and bridge.
We are fortunate to have had a wonderful spring in Portland and now there is an abundance of flowers. So the theme for this chakai is flowers.
The chashaku is made by Zuiho of sesame bamboo with black lacquer sakura. Gomei: hana goromo, robe of flowers.