Wednesday, November 28, 2012

One Moon in a Thousand Waters: Hakone Daichakai 2012


In late October we attended the annual Daichakai at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, Calif. — a large, multi-school tea gathering. We attended presentations by Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakojisenke schools, plus one from a small, relatively new school, Dainippon Chadogakkai which, as they put it, takes the best from the larger schools. We were able to attend a seki (seating) in the three-mat tea house, Shougetsu-an, in which the Dainippon Chadogakkai presentations were given. The tiny tea house was much too intimate to accommodate photography, but our other seki are represented below and in this album.

Lovely kimono in the garden

Mushakojisenke presentation, Lower House
Kakemono "Koro Koro"

Aka Fuji natsume, lacquered by Nakamura Sotetsu
Mushakojisenke presentation, Lower House


Wagashi in the shape of a chrysanthemum
Urasenke presentation, Wisteria Pavilion

New tech meets tradition
Urasenke presentation, Wisteria Pavilion

Kakemono "One moon reflected in a thousand waters."
Urasenke presentation in the Wisteria Pavilion
overlooking the koi pond and Moon Bridge.

Arrangement in the waiting room
Omotesenke presentation, Lower House Roji

Omotesenke presentation, Lower House Roji

Kakemono "One moon reflected in a thousand waters."
Omotesenke presentation, Lower House Roji

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