These are a few photos from my Japanese Tea Ceremony experience. Not only did I get to have my own bowl of fresh, hot matcha, but I was able to sip what is referred to as thick matcha. This tea is almost like a gravy. For those of you unfamiliar with matcha, it is a fine green tea that is ground into a powder. Not only is it pricey, it’s deliciously respected and more rare than other teas. Formal tea ceremony’s are not as often practiced in contemporary Japan, so for me to learn, see and participate in such a thing was a pure delight.
The Japanese are big into the philosophy this moment cannot ever be recreated. I really enjoy that. It helps me bring more presence to the moment and focus on things that bring me the most joy. I’ll admit, my idea of fun isn’t always the most popular among people in society today. I tend to enjoy early bed times, quiet photography or writing work at night and waking up early, yoga, running or hiking around, and of course tea. While coffee is growing in popularity here, it is refreshing to see a country keep tradition alive while forging onward.
A delicate balance is found through the rigors or ceremony. So this appeals to me. The summation of a daily practice, whatever it may be, leaves more lasting impressions for generations to come.
So many thanks are due to the College of Lake County, donations from the Gofundme campaign, additional thanks and deep respect to my family (biological and friends, you know who you are) for your support. As I allow those around me to lift me up, I am filled up with energy to give, share and help others realize their dreams.