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Tea Life Audio

Tea Life Audio is a podcast about Japanese Tea Ceremony and related arts. This is a round table show, with an open discussion about Tea. The show has three hosts who have several decades of combined experience with Tea ceremony.

Each episode follows a similar structure of: Announcements, Banter, Anecdote, and Main Tea topic.

If you have any comments about our show or a given episode please go to our forum and leave a comment.

Lates blog posts

TeaLife Audio – Ep 164 – Hanamatsuri

Hosts

  • TJ
  • Anthony

Guest

  • Tanya

Jiku/Poem

  • 拈華微笑(nen ge mi shō)literally means “holding a flower, subtly smiling.”

Information referenced

Sweets

  • sakura mochi

Recipe:

https://www.justonecookbook.com/sakura-mochi/

  • hanami dango

Recipe:

https://www.justonecookbook.com/hanami-dango/

  • kusa mochi

Recipe:

http://www.the350degreeoven.com/2012/06/pastries-pies/yomogi-daifuku-or-kusa-mochi-japanese-mugwort-mochi-with-red-bean-filling/

Koan/Poem:  

Decorate the heart of the beholder, 

for the Buddha of the flower hall

is nowhere else. 

  • Master Yodo

Excerpted from: The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women – edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon

Associated study materials:

  • Zen Flowers: Chabana for the Tea Ceremony – Henry Mittwer
  • The Art of Chabana: Flowers for the Tea Ceremony – Henry Mittwer
  • The Woman Who Raised the Buddha: The Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati – Wendy Garling
  • The Denial of Death – Ernest Becker
  • Wagashi: The Art of Japanese Confectionery – Kazuya Takaoka, Mutsuo Takahashi, Hiroshi Yoda

Tea room map showing calendar aligning Hana Matsuri and nijiri-guchi:

https://www.chanoyudecoded.com/writings/april-in-japan-following-elephants/

Photo of Hana Mi Dō


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TeaLife Audio – Ep 162 – Setsubun

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Hosts

  • TJ
  • Anthony

Guest:

  • Palmer-sensei

Show notes:

fuku

good fortune; happiness; blessing; good luck

Information referenced:

Nihongi – English translation by W.G. Aston

Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Otafuku sake cup  https://www.chanoyudecoded.com/setsubun-and-otafuku/

For more of Palmer Sensei’s talks, writings, and photographs, visit Chanoyu Decoded at: https://www.chanoyudecoded.com


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