21
Feb
14

Chaji in Boner Pukur Danga

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It’s been nearly two years but you could not have forgotten this beautiful and wise face.

Hiro San, artist and japanese tea master, came back to Boner Pukur Danga.

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After offering us warm water subtly perfumed with plum and sweets in the waiting room, seven different bell rings summuned us to the tea room.

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This is how the chaji starts. Unlike the chakai, it is a much more formal gathering, hold inside a quiet room, more suited for introspection.

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The tea room has been decorated with a delicate flower arrangement. A calligraphy invites us to meditate on “harmony” while the tea master  ritually cleanses each utensil, the tea bowl or  chawan, the bamboo whisk or chosen and tea scoop, chashaku, in a precise order and using prescribed motions.

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He places them in an exact arrangement and can finally start preparing the matcha, powdered green tea. First, he prepares a bowl of thick tea or koicha from which, ceremoniously, each guest will have a sip.

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The master proceeds to the preparation of individual bowl of thin tea – usucha – to be served to each guest. During usucha, the guests may engage casual conversation.

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The guest of honour will request that the host allow the guests to examine some of the utensils. The items are treated with extreme care and reverence as they may be priceless, irreplaceable, even handmade antiques.

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