On a breezy and beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Friends of Shoseian presented Chanoyu to a private party of 29 guests at Shoseian teahouse.
The occasion celebrated the 92nd birthday for a sharp and witty great-grandmother who had visited Japan many times with her husband. Her memories of Kyoto are especially dear to her heart as she proclaimed “I feel like a queen!”, sitting as shokyaku (first guest). Grandchildren from Israel and Colombia traveled to join her for this very special occasion.
To celebrate a birthday in an ochaseki was a first for all guests!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the time together, and dined on the patio with bento boxes and birthday cake.
“If the water of our tea is drawn from the depths of mind
Then we have true cha-no-yu.”