Doi-san's Bowl from Japan
"The spirit of the Tea Ceremony must be the scooping of water from the depths of your heart." Rev. Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka Roshi
Chawan, chasen, chashaku, matcha tea, chakin, and fukusa are the basic tools for offering "tray tea" to guests. Tea is an offering from host to guest. One takes great care in preparing the tea space (cleanliness, calligraphy, flowers and fragrant incense.) The designated tokahoma space includes a calligraphy (seasonal image optional) and flowers. Matcha tea is sifted and scooped into the tea caddy (natsume) in the appropriate amount (enough tea for 2 bowls and certainly more than the actual number of guests, 7/8 full) in a mountain shape in the natsume. Tea sweets are selected based on the tastes of your guest and seasonal offerings.
Chawan - tea bowl
Chasen - whisk
Chashaku - tea scoop
Chakin - moistened wiping cloth
Fukusa - dry wiping cloth, potholder
Matcha - green powered tea
Tea Bowls - Chawan
Over the past years I have learned some appreciation for the fine art of the tea bowl. Gifts from tea friends and my tea tutor have richly enhanced my tea bowl collection. Each tea bowl has a story: the potter and his location, tea bowl style, bowl glazes, bowl footer, seasonal appropriateness, and guest appeal.