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.
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Lates blog posts
83. 一手前立る內には善し惡しを、有無の心の分かちをも知る hito
temae tateru uchi ni wa yoshi ashi wo, umu no kokoro no wakachi wo mo shiru
During a temae have no thought for “right” or “wrong” Know that even a discerning mind entertains thoughts that do not belong
Topic – Tea
furo koicha kanarazu kama ni mizu sasu to hitosuji ni omou hito wa ayamari
Koicha at furo adds fresh water to the kama before hot water is taken
But form for form’s sake is surely mistaken
Tochū Tea to use as an alternative to matcha:
Enquiries on Korean teas, including malcha:
Spill the Tea (Norway):
Pào Chá (France):
Adam’s recommendations for setting out in the wide world of tea:
◉ Jakseol or ‘Sparrow’s tongue’ green tea used in the Darye, Korean tea ceremony
◉ Malcha, Korean matcha
◉ Puruncha, Korean ‘blue tea’ or oolong
◉ Tochū ‘matcha’ is great as an alternative to matcha. Can be used in place of matcha for usucha, used to practice ‘koicha’ and for late night keiko (caffeine-free)
◉ Mulberry ‘matcha’ (Japanese: kuwa-cha) discussed in Eisai Myōan’s Kissa Yōjōki. Can be used for usucha.
◉ Mate from Argentina or Brazil “mate” (ma-té) as an alternative to matcha. Can be used for usucha.
◉ Green/Raw Pu-erh
◉ Wu Yi oolongs from Fujian Province e.g. Da Hong Po
◉ Phoenix Mountain oolongs from Guanong Province e.g. Dancong
◉ Dong Ding
Main Topic – Pet Peeves
tsubo nado wo toko ni kazaran kokoro araba, hana yori kami ni kazari oku beshi
To show a tea jar on the alcove of the day
Is to place it to the Kami side of the flower: pride of place on display