TeaLife Audio – Episode 75 – Old Dogu

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– Adam
– Marius
– Damian
– Anthony



Strike a gong or like
To end your guests’ respite
The pattern is five:
Starting first with a strike strong
then weak, mid, mid, ending strong

Main Topic – What to do with old dogu

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 74 – Oles Robiraki

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– Adam
– Marius
– Anthony

– Ula
– Ole Marius

Where sits the chakin
During the thick tea rite?
At the brazier’s feet
The front edge of the small board
Presents itself as a seat

Topic – Robiraki

Information referenced:
端的底看聻 – Mawari sumi saying

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 73 – Nakaoki


  • Adam
  • Marius
  • Damian
  • Anthony



yoso nado ni hana wo okuraba, sono hana wa hiraki sugishi wo yaranu mono nari
Flowers in full bloom;
An unwelcome gift to the
Host of chanoyu –
How should one hide their distaste
When the alcove is wilting?


Main Topic: Nakaoki


Information referenced:

The one Taste of Truth: Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea

Go Gyou Dana


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TeaLife Audio – Episode 71 – Keeping Record

– Adam
– Marius
– Anthony

mizusashi ni toke daseba, te wa yoko ni, mae no futa tori saki ni kasane yo

Should a teoke
Be used for the water jar
Orientate the
Handle side-to-side and rest
The front lid on the far lid

Information References:
Pitelka, Morgan, ed. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

TeaLife Audio – Episode 70 – Women in tea

– Marius

– Rebecca



Main Topic – Women in tea

Information referenced:


Corbett, Rebecca. Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan. (Forthcoming) Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, Spring, 2018.

Guth, Christine. Art, Tea, and Industry: Masuda Takashi and the Mitsui Circle. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Kato, Etsuko. The Tea Ceremony and Women’s Empowerment in Modern Japan: Bodies Re-Presenting the Past. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.

Pitelka, Morgan. Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005.

Pitelka, Morgan, ed. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Pitelka, Morgan. Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2016.

Surak, Kristin. Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2013.
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Journal articles

Corbett, Rebecca. “Crafting Identity as a Tea Practitioner in Early Modern Japan: ?tagaki Rengetsu and Tagami Kikusha.” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 47 (2014): 3?27.

Corbett, Rebecca. “Learning to Be Graceful: Tea in Early Modern Guides for Women’s Edification.” Japanese Studies 29 (2009): 81?94.

Pitelka, Morgan. “Tea Taste: Patronage and Collaboration among Tea Masters and Potters in Early Modern Japan.” Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Fall?Winter, 2004): 26?38.

Rath, Eric C. “Reevaluating Riky?: Kaiseki and the Origins of Japanese Cuisine.” Journal of Japanese Studies 39, no. 1 (2013): 67?96.

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 69 – Tea and Incense


  • Marius
  • Aaron
  • Adam
  • Anthony


  • Ula

chaire, mata chasen no kane wo yoku mo shire, ato ni nokoseru d?gu meate ni
Understand well the
Placement of the chaire
and next the chasen
For as they are used in turn
One guides the other’s return

Main Topic – Incense

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 68 – Making changes


  • Adam
  • Marius
  • Anthony


運び立て 水指置くは 橫疊二ツ割りにて眞中に置け

hakobi-date mizusashi oku wa yoko-datami futatsu wari nite mannaka ni oke

When carrying and
Placing the fresh water jar
Divide the depth of
The mat into two halves and
Place the water on centre

Main Topic: Making Changes


Information Referenced

The chashaku Adam received

Gifted chashaku from North Carolina. The joy and searching depth welling up in my heart♡ I have given it two names (blame it on the star sign): X: Nomad's Flute Y: Weeping Song . The node at the end (Jōō's fave style) and the pores on one side remind me of a flute. The scooping end opens up wide and deep, hungry for cha. After using the chashaku in the gifted chashaku temae, I did a book divination with my favourite book 'Zen Sand – the book of capping phrases'. The capping phrase I landed on was this: "Oh, the plaint of the nomad's flute is heartbreaking. Seated guests gaze at each other, tears run like rain." 胡歌一曲斷人腹 坐客相看淚如雨 (koka ikkyoku hito no harawata o tatsu, Zakyaku aimite namida ame no gotoshi.) – Shin Zengoshū . From this beautiful scene, 'nomad's flute' stands out to become the abbreviated name. 'Weeping Song' came to mind in relation to this capping phrase, coloured by the heart wrenching events fuelled by short-sighted racists in the little-big corner of the world where this chashaku came from. ('Weeping Song' is a Nick Cave song, should you not have discovered it yet.) . This nomad sings a weeping song. A song in which to weep. While we rock ourselves to sleep. This is a weeping song. But we won't be weeping long. No we won't be weeping long. . #chashaku #giftedchashaku #chanoyu #matcha #funkwabi #pagansabi #thingschajindo

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 67 – Making Ash in Texas


  • Adam
  • Marius


  • Rhonda


置合せ心を付けて見るぞ可し、袋の縫目 疊目に置け
okiawase kokoro wo tsukete miru zo kashi, fukuro no nui-me tatami-me ni oke

Place equipage
Together with discerning eyes –
Such care to align
The seam of a caddy’s pouch
With the weaves of tatami


Main topic: Making Ash




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TeaLife Audio – Episode 66 – Tea Preparation And Leg Preservation

– Adam
– Marius
– Anthony

姥口は圍爐裏緣より六 七分低く据えるぞ習いなりける
ubaguchi wa irori-buchi yori roku nana bu hikuku sueru zo narai narikeri

For a kama with
A mouth like a toothless hag
Sink it below the
Hearth frame by six or seven bu
Learn this well at practic

Main Topic
– Tea Preparation
– And Leg Preservation

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