Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Fuden-An: Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Thank you for a perfect day! [December 2016]

KOBORI Sojitsu (the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School )

Kobori Sojitsu PictureWhile we feel that autumn is coming, the calendar shows us that it is already the beginning of winter. For some time now, I have been talking about the climatic anomaly, which results, for example, in the formation of very violent typhoons, or which last longer than those of the past.

However, nature certainly shows us the changes of season. Japanese people should react with respect to these seasonal changes which are sometimes violent and only sometimes pleasant.

On September 17, my disciples were kind enough to organize a large tea ceremony at the Gokoku-ji Temple to celebrate my sixtieth birthday. These disciples belong to the federations of Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Kanazawa. Each held a tea session with innovative concepts that created a celebratory atmosphere.

Among the guests there were many practitioners from other tea schools. They were kind enough to tell me that they had greatly appreciated the combination of utensils chosen by my disciples. They commented that their unique ceremonies using those rare utensils were unparalleled by any other tea ceremonies. I was very proud to hear that.

I think that the Enshû school is appreciated for its aesthetic sensibility which gives its ceremonies an incomparable elegance and harmony. And each tea session showed diversity in personality. I can say that it was one of the most representative tea ceremonies of the Heisei era.

In the evening, I was invited to a reception hosted by the Tokyo federation at the Palace Hotel. There were about six hundred participants. So including another four hundred guests of the day, a thousand people came to celebrate my birthday. I was very honored. At the reception, I was moved by so many unexpected kind words.

As for the hospitality during a tea ceremony, I often make two remarks. The first is that conventional gestures should be made in front of the guests to reassure them. The second is that in addition to those usual gestures, it would be good to keep some surprises that allow them to have a new sensation, a new discovery. There, this balance is very important. Depending on the theme of the ceremony, the ratio may be half and half, six to four, or eight to two. It is up to the host to decide.
In this respect, the reception that night was full of surprises by which I felt touched. I take this opportunity to thank all those who organized this extraordinary day. On leaving the reception, on seeing the harvest moon shining in the starry sky, I once again enjoyed the gladness that this day has given me.

End of year greetingsLinkIcon

Dear readersLinkIcon

What I have in mind through ChanoyuLinkIcon

Shopping at year-endLinkIcon

Get ready for the New YearLinkIcon

N.Y. and D. C.LinkIcon

A certain girlLinkIcon

Advent of autumnLinkIcon

Sairai ‘return again’
[Apr 2012]LinkIcon

When arranging flowers…
[May 2012]LinkIcon

The cicadas cry
[jun 2012] [ch0]LinkIcon

My visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree.
[jul 2012]LinkIcon

Watching Sumo
[Aug 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics
[Sep 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics(Part 2)
[Oct 2012]LinkIcon

What we must do now
[Nov 2012]LinkIcon

Finishing the year.
[Dec 2012]LinkIcon

At the New Year [Jan 2013]LinkIcon

my tea room[Feb 2013]LinkIcon

Shouzeri[Mar 2013]LinkIcon

All about April [April 2013]LinkIcon

Tools and the feelings they evoke[May 2013]LinkIcon

Three Years On[June 2013]LinkIcon

Fate[Jul 2013]LinkIcon

The shape of ash[Aug 2013]LinkIcon

Niagara Falls[September 2013]LinkIcon

Visiting Singapore[Oct 2013]LinkIcon

wisdom of “shift”[Nov 2013]LinkIcon

Time[Dec 2013]LinkIcon

Peacefulness[Jan 2014]LinkIcon

Double Surprise[Feb 2014]LinkIcon

Sellout crowd, greatly impressed. [Mar 2014]LinkIcon

A red Japanese plum on a snowy day [April 2014]LinkIcon

My First Encounter with Film[May 2014]LinkIcon

First impressions[June 2014]LinkIcon

The sense of moderation [July 2014]LinkIcon

What we know and don't know[August 2014]LinkIcon

One after the other[September 2014]LinkIcon

The Tea Ceremony Teddy Bear[October 2014]LinkIcon

Here's looking at you, kid[November 2014]LinkIcon

The end of the year[December 2014]LinkIcon

Hon[January 2015]LinkIcon

Seishori nimo todomarazu[February 2015]LinkIcon

Approaches in Tea Ceremony[March 2015]LinkIcon

Separation[April 2015]LinkIcon

Recent events[May 2015]LinkIcon

Recent Events (continued)[June 2015]LinkIcon

Cleaning[July 2015]LinkIcon

Bowing in Japanese Tea Ceremony[August 2015]LinkIcon

Inauguration[September 2015]LinkIcon

Twenty -fifth anniversary in Singapore[October 2015]LinkIcon

Cultural exchanges in Europe[November 2015]LinkIcon

Coming to a close[December 2015]LinkIcon

Man[January 2016]LinkIcon

What does and doesn't change[February 2016]LinkIcon

Tea ceremonies in the snow[March 2016]LinkIcon

Seasons[April 2016]LinkIcon

Hospitality[May 2016]LinkIcon

Time[June 2016]LinkIcon

Appreciation of objects [July 2016]LinkIcon

A meeting in the sky[August 2016]LinkIcon

Amid world developments[September 2016]LinkIcon

Absent and Present [October 2016]LinkIcon