Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Mu apologies for being late, but I am on the nightshift. Today I had planned an episode about the tea ceremony and of course I will use that, but in a different way.
Several years ago I wrote a haibun about the Tea Ceremony, it was part of a haiku book I had created in Dutch. That haibun I have tried to translate and that's what I love to share today. I love to challenge you (as in our special feature Kamishibai) to write a haibun or kikobun about the tea ceremony.
The tea ceremony is really awesome to see, but it is even better to experience it and that's what my haibun is about.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
I am in classical Japan and Rykyu has invited me for a Tja-no- Joe. My heart beats faster, my mind runs. Finally I'm going to experience the tea ceremony and for sure it will be an experience.
a hand written calligraphy
for a Tjaji
the host expects his guest –
first day of spring
The music fades away, a last cord and then … deep silence. Only the wind and the song of cicadas.
cicadas sing their song
deep is the silence
the cool water
flushes the world away
I clean my hands –
the first step
as all the guests
we are equal
As I look around, I see all the amenities for the tea ceremony. I am caught by the sight of the tea bowls. They are beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and perfect. They are not perfectly round, but more oval, here and there a little less deep, but ... great.
And always the silence, deeper and more intense. One with the silence, one with each other, one with nature, one with the universe.
I admire the grace with which Rykyu prepares the tea ceremony. Every gesture, every movement is aesthetically pleasing and steeped in Zen.
while the water is cooking
ah! that silence
walking in silence –
Azalea in bloom
|Sumi-e painting "Chrysanthemum" found on Pinterest
He puts the powder tea in one of the tea bowls and pours boiling water on the tea. A frothy mass is formed. “This is the “thick tea”, I think.
the “thick tea” caresses my tongue
we share the bowl
“thick tea” as a source of contact
sharing unconditional love
in earthen tea bowls
what a beauty
Well ... I hope you did like this episode, and I hope that I translated it all in the right way.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, Ise Shrine, later on.