Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Concentration Creates Perfection

Continuing the Michigan Tea Tour....
Before we entered the Japanese Cultural Centre for the much anticipated Japanese Tea Ceremony we strolled the grounds which had scenic vistas and an aura of tranquility.
It was a beautiful sunny day and as you can see, the bridge beckoned one to cross and meander along the path.
The demonstration station was prepared upon our entry and our tea specialist was this charming 83 year old woman in her ceremonial kimono. Always a beautiful smile and the explanation that the ceremony is an exact tradition that requires her concentration for perfection. 
Usually the ceremonial tea is prepared kneeling on a tatami mat and it is still done this way when delegates from Japan visit. The raised area behind is not measured by feet but by how many mats fit  and this is a large tea house with 8 tatami mats. Our specialist is grateful when she can prepare the ceremony sitting on a stool.
Even though prepared many times over the years, her eye for detail was watched in awe by the 10 of us where you could have heard a pin drop. We were served matcha tea and sweets afterwards.
Please visit my blogging sisters and fellow travellers for their posts on the tour as well.
Phyllis at Relevant Tea Leaf
Linda at Friendship Tea
Tea at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island will be my next and final post of the tour.
Take Time for Tea

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful tradition, full of cultural heritage and significance. Love it!

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  2. Your photographs captured the experience of this very special stop on our tour. This seated-style of Japanese Tea Ceremony was new to me, and I'm glad to have observed it.

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  3. Hello Judith, wonderful captures from your visit to the Japanese cultural center. The tea specialist does have a lovely smile. What a nice experience. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  4. Very nice post about our experience. Your photos are outstanding.

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  5. Great post, Judith, and wonderful photos. I'm so glad we were able to go to the Japanese Cultural Center. It was very educational.

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  6. I just finished a book that was set in Japan and mentioned the mats. Interesting to see them in your photos! Enjoy your day Lavender Sis!

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  7. That's so neat. I have never experienced anything of the sort.

    I was visiting our Franklin Park Conservatory recently and visiting the Japanese gardens / rock gardens / Bonsai collections and Japanese Tea House. I need to double check my pictures - didn't take many that day for the looking - to see if it is bloggable.

    Hugs.

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  8. What a lovely day you had at the Japanese Cultural Centre. The tea ceremony is steeped in tradition. I have always had a fascination with all things Japanese as I had a penpal from Japan as a child. We wrote back and forth for about six years. Always wondered what became of her...

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  9. What a beautiful tradition to be able to watch.

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  10. Gosh what a wonderful experience it must have been! It is so amazing that these ceremonies continue on for so many years, it shows how precious they are to the Japanese people. xx

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  11. Quite interesting to have a Japanese tea ceremony experience. You all must have enjoyed it very much. In my working life I was secretary at the office of a Japanese shipbuilding and marine company in Rotterdam as the only Dutch among 12 Japanese men. My English has not improved there.....but I had a very good time and learned lots of their traditions.

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  12. I'm in awe at all your visits, Judith! What a beautiful lady the tea specialist is. I can't believe that she's 83! She gives all of us hope as tea drinking enthusiasts. I look forward to your next post.

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  13. Sounds like a fun tour....wish I was there too.
    Japanese people age so well...she looks lovely!
    Carolyn

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  14. Judith, what a special and unique tea experience! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  15. How fun and so very interesting! I wonder what the secret is for staying so young looking?!

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  16. I am so glad to see you experienced traditional Japanese tea ceremony. In my generation、it was common for young girls to learn traditional Japanese tea. So, I also learned Japanese tea before my marriage for 4 years. For my young age, it was just the time to study only the traditional formal manners.The spirit of tea ceremony is to welcome friends from bottom one’s heart with many preparations, like the 83 years woman do. Thank you for sharing, Judith.

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  17. So wonderful to look at and read your post.
    I love the way you've presented this and your mosaics are so lovely, I'd love to walk across that bridge!

    83 years old! What a lovely lady ... she is amazing.

    All the best Jan

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  18. What a wonderful tea experience! How'd you like the matcha tea and Japanese treats?

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  19. What a beautiful, serene place and what a charming specialist you met!
    This post was most interesting. Thank you for sharing, dear Judith, and have a lovely weekend! xx

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  20. Lovely photos great that you were able to capture this tradition , looks like a lovely tranquil place to sip tea . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  21. That lady is 83?! She is lovely and I can not imagine having to serve tea while kneeling so I am glad that she used a stool. Must have been fascinating to watch.

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  22. I love tea, and have enjoyed outings and being served tea...but you amaze me, Judith. I have never known anyone that enjoys tea as much as you do! You are a very special lady.
    Debbie
    xo

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  23. That was such an interesting post, Judith! I'm sure I will never become a serious tea drinker, and just now found a tea I like - Earl Grey. You can tell I do not have a sophisticated tea palate. I had some heavy whipping cream left over from the blueberry/lavender scones I made and put a little in my Earl Grey. Oh my goodness, that was good. I'm hoping it won't become a habit, for I don't need the cream, for sure. :-)

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  24. It's hard to believe that lady is 83 years old! The Japanese really do age well. Your tea outing must have been so educational and fun to watch. The grounds are really beautiful too. Thank you for sharing with us, Judith.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. She was 83? My goodness, I want some of what *SHE* has been drinking! Sounds like you all had a great time, and I love that she explained everything in such detail. I'll bet she enjoyed you all as much as you enjoyed her!

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  26. What a wonderful experience! The host did not look 83 years old--wow!

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  27. Wonderful post. I loved your pin drop comment. It was probably the only time on the entire trip we were that quiet. She certainly had our full attention.
    Sips and Smiles,
    Teresa

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