Monday, November 22, 2010
The tea ceremony was great. Apparently the type of ceremony we attended is the most formal type. It had two servings of tea. The first one is a really thick blend of matcha powder and just a little bit of water- very bitter. After this we moved to a second room where we were served the second serving, which was more watered down. Then finally on to a third room for lunch! Cameras were not allowed during the the ceremony, though I was able to sneak a picture of the lunch.
Despite the clouds, it was a nice view! On the other side was the ocean, a nice sight after spending so much time surrounded by mountains in Takayama.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Tomorrow morning I am heading to Kanazawa, which is to the west on the coast about 2 hours away by car, to attend a tea ceremony with Dai and his family. He chose a bowl for my latest batch of pieces to give to the tea ceremony master to use during the ceremony. The bowl will be presented in a traditional simple wooden box. I wrote on the lid, with ink and brush, my name and a brief description of the bowl, it's clay and style.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The past two weekends I've done some more exploring around town. I finally made it to Takayama's two main parks, at probably the most amazing time of year. Both parks are on top of hills that overlook the whole city, and are at opposite ends of town.
Monday, November 8, 2010
One of Takayama's main attractions is the historic folk village named Hida No Sato. It is located near the center of town, on a hill that over looks the whole city and it's only a five minute walk past the pottery studio where I am studying. It is a preserved village, with traditional homes that have been maintained for hundreds of years. Autumn is an amazing time to be here!
A fellow student at my woodworking school loaned me a bike for a few days, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity, as well as the surprisingly nice weather, and finally conquer the bike path that I discovered last month that runs along the river in my town. The path starts near my apartment and I was able to ride it quite a distance. It was a beautiful ride, and dusk was the perfect time to do it!