Traditional Japanese tea ceremony is a fascinating practice. Its acute focus on aesthetics, however, along with an extremely strict adherence to specific movements and manners, probably makes the whole thing rather uncomfortable and stifling — at least for a beginner, anyway.
But to simply sit and watch it is an absolute treat.
And from a safe distance, those movements and manners are a mystifying marvel.
I feel the sound of silence :o]
I like the composition and setting in these shots! In this situation, is the person practicing or does it have a symbolic meaning? I guess I just don’t know the context and am curious.
Thanks Don! Yes, she was training. There was an older woman watching her. Very carefully too. The tea made by her and others was also being served to people (like me) who were passing by.
Cute miko 🙂 But why the ceremony is taking place outside? Is it a training?
Yeah, training. Or at least I think so. She was being watched ever so carefully.
Mr. S. says
Real tea-making. Yes, safe for work.
She is so graceful. Is she doing a Ceremony Presentation?
I think she will be very happy that you have took nice pictures of her. 🙂
Actually, I would wish to learn Japanese Tea Ceremony in some days.
But ,I have been procrastinating to go for it. Haha 🙂
A mixture of presentation and training I think. She certainly didn’t seem to mind me taking photos, so I hope so!
Alain alexandre says
delicate as the scent is…
She must be fairly advanced in her training now; that’s quite a big cone she’s working with.
Simply lovely–the photographs and the practice. How utterly fascinating it must be to watch!
It is. I’d never seen it before. At least not for real. So it was a real treat.