TeaLife Audio – Episode 118 – Tea

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Host

  • Adam
  • Anthony
  • Marius

Topic – Tea

Poem

81. 風炉濃茶必ず釜に水さすと一筋に思ふ人はあやまり
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

Information referenced

Scotttea blog on the ethics of sourcing tea:
https://scotttea.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/sitting-with-discomfort/

 

Tochū Tea to use as an alternative to matcha:
https://www.uedasokochanoyu.com/store/tea-1/toch%C5%AB-caffeine-free/

Enquiries on Korean teas, including malcha:
https://www.teaguildinternational.com/

Taiwanese Oolong:
https://www.teafromtaiwan.com/

Spill the Tea (Norway):
https://spillthetea.no/

Pào Chá (France):
https://pao-cha.com/

Adam’s recommendations for setting out in the wide world of tea:

Korea
◉ Jakseol or ‘Sparrow’s tongue’ green tea used in the Darye, Korean tea ceremony
◉ Malcha, Korean matcha
◉ Puruncha, Korean ‘blue tea’ or oolong

Japan
◉ 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.

South America
◉ Mate from Argentina or Brazil “mate” (ma-té) as an alternative to matcha. Can be used for usucha.

China
◉ Pu-erh
◉ Green/Raw Pu-erh
◉ Wu Yi oolongs from Fujian Province e.g. Da Hong Po
◉ Phoenix Mountain oolongs from Guanong Province e.g. Dancong

Taiwan
◉ Dong Ding
◉ Alishan

 


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TeaLife Audio – Episode 115 – Toriawase

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Hosts
– Adam
– Aaron
– Ula
– Marius

Main Topic – Toriawase

 

Poem
79. 釣船はくさりの長さ床により、出船入船浮船としれ
tsuribune wa kusari no nagasa toko ni yori, de-bune iri-bune uki-bune to shire
A ‘floating boat’ vase evokes the sea for which it hankers
Adjust its chain to evince an outgoing ship, incoming ship or ship at anchor

 


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TeaLife Audio – Episode 114 – One World Chakai

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Hosts

  • Adam
  • Anthony
  • Marius
  • Ula

Topic: Midorikai OneWorld Chakai 3rd of May

Poem

78. 花見よりかへりの人に茶の湯せば、花鳥の絵をも花も置くまじ
hanami yori kaeri no hito ni cha no yu seba, kachō no e o mo hana mo oku maji

When receiving guests
For chanoyu fresh from a
Flower-viewing foray
Avoid nature paintings
and flowers in your alcove display


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TeaLife Audio – EP 113 – Gifts and Culture

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Hosts

  • Ula
  • Marius
  • Adam
  • Anthony
  • Aaron

Main Topic – Gifts and Culture

Poem

77. 時ならず客の来らば点前をば心は草にわざを慎しめ
toki narazu kyaku no kuraba, temae o ba kokoro wa sō ni waza o tsutsushime

An unannounced guest is no cause for dismay,
With an honest temae, allow spontaneity to be the order of the day

 

 


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TeaLife Audio – Ep 111 – Lighting

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Hosts
– Adam
– Anthony
– Marius

Topic – Tea Room Lighting

75. 三幅の軸を掛けるは、中を掛け、軸先を掛け、次に軸本
sanpuku no jiku wo kakeru wa, naka wo kake, jikusaki wo kake, tsugi ni jikumoto

A set of three scrolls
Are hung in an order thus:
First hang the centre
Then the last scroll & conclude
Back at the first scroll, no fuss

Anthonys candle shop:
丹治蓮生堂
114 Nakaicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8219, Japan
+81 75-361-0937
https://goo.gl/maps/so3fQTNwivRqL9NT6

 


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