A friend of mine got the tickets and invited me to attend there.
Tasting tea in this good season and that the event is for viewing moon with a cup of tea if we would be lucky were too attractive to resist.
This temple is located in Uji-city in Kyoto prefecture where green tea is special product, and was built about 350years ago.The main hall has not been rebuilt since then.
|from one of the other smaller halls|
The scale of the temple precincts is vast , though I did not see so many priests nor monks there. He is one of them whom I saw a few and his youth reminds me of a sensational tanka of the following by Akiko Yosano ( 与謝野 晶子１８７８～１９４２).
Rather than trying
to touch the burning passion
pulsing beneath my soft
pale skin, you preach morality.
Aren't you awfully lonely?
I'm enjoying this book. Thank you GABRIELA.
Serving green tea called sencha started at 15:30.
We arrived at the temple around 16:00
Sencha(煎茶）, a sort of green tea (茶＝tea), improved its manner for service in each of several sencha schools after the original one came from China.
Some schools set up tables on the ground here and there and some do inside of the halls for serving green tea.
Guests and visitors come one after another and wait until the previous series of service will have finished.
The circuit was continued until 20:00, and we stayed there until 18:30.
We enjoyed tea of three schools, though I couldn't distinguished the difference of the subtle taste.
I need to learn more.
|in front of the main hall, ritual-like tea ceremony is ongoing|
|hanging lanterns on the ceiling of the cloister|
Can you see the letters sencha (煎茶）on the hanging lantern?
Actually it is written that the letters sencha-dou
道 means way, and it suggests that to learn something is like a long way.
Seeing and tasting is learning,
I will try to make better tea from now on.
|my mother-in-law's heirloom|