All arts in one

In the survey that I did last weeks, I asked about the activities mostly related to the machiya. Ikebana (flower arrangement) and tea ceremony ended both on the first place. Zen meditation and calligraphy both on the second.

I would have expected that far more people would have chosen for tea ceremony. Not only because I see it everywhere in town, but also because tea ceremony includes all arts.
The bowl that goes around to appreciate, the paper roll with calligraphy that is specially chosen for that occasion, the flowers represent the seasons and the conversation between the guests and the teamster is arranged.

A lot of unwritten rules, which seem elegant and polite when naturally done. This is an art in itself.

Junior teamaster, son of Hamaya-san

and of cause don't miss the beautiful sweets

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