Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Using fresh water from one of the many famous wells in Kyoto (meisuidate) was also enjoyed in summer. After a sip of clear cool water, thick tea (koicha) was served to the guests. The water from the well was carried to the tea house in a special square cedar box (tsurube mizusashi ), purified by a rope with white Shinto paper strips (shimenawa).
During the old times without airconditioning, people had to live with the seasons as they where and try to enjoy them as best as they could.
I thought "will take another approach this time", so I started with the Tea Ceremony in Summer. Tea drinking is an art, but when it's a hot summer's day then it is hard to be a tea master, where those he find coolness?
A wonderful picture of a tea master making tea in Summer, how will he feel cool? Maybe a fan or one of the ways as described above, but this picture inspired me to the next haiku:
tea water boils
no way to find coolness
not even a fan
This Summer day the Tea Master hasn't taken his fan with him and so he shall have one very hot day today, but he will do his best ... as a real Japanese Tea Master. Another haiku in which I relate the coolness to tea.
water of Kyoto
washes away the Summer heat -
thick tea served
I love to share another approach ... a haiku written by Jane Reichhold with 'coolness' in it:
shadows on a sunny porch
a slender coolness
(c) Jane Reichhold
|Source: shadows on the porch|
seeking for coolness
in the desert of the heart -
laying in the shadows of the pines
Well ... Suzushi ... a lot of emotions bubbling up ... I love it ...
This prompt will stay on 'til June 12th 11:59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, Samidare (midsummer rain), later on today around 10:00 PM (CET). Well ... have fun, be inspired and share your creativity with us here on Carpe Diem.