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?
no way to find coolness
not even a fan
washes away the Summer heat -
thick tea served
shadows on a sunny porch
a slender coolness
(c) Jane Reichhold
|Source: shadows on the porch
in the desert of the heart -
laying in the shadows of the pines