Leaves from a Tea-Journal

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In the cold [March 2018]

KOBORI Sojitsu (the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School )

Kobori Sojitsu PictureIt has been a long time since we had such a cold winter and new year. It seems that Japanese people under the age of forty have never known a January and February so cold. I believe that we sense the cold differently, depending on the difference in temperature indoors and outdoors. In fact, today's homes are so hermetically sealed that they no longer receive any wind through the walls as was the case in the past. But the problem with modern homes is bad air circulation, which can cause stuffiness and require opening the windows from time to time. Personally, I feel the cold and do not like to open the windows of my tea room but have to on occasion.

In the past, heating as we understand it today did not exist. In addition, as homes got older, they began to suffer damage to the 'shoji' and 'fusuma' (sliding doors) which meant we had draughts all over the place.

I remember that about forty years ago, when I went in the middle of winter to my father's Japanese painting master's house, I found only a 'hibachi' (charcoal brazier) in an eight mat room. There was very little coal and every visit to this master’s house was uncomfortable. This lack of heating was everywhere and so it was the case at the Zen Keitoku-in Temple where I did my training. My living quarters was a tea room of four and a half mats. When I was training in tea ceremony there were coals in the 'ro', but other than that there was absolutely no heating. Worse still, this room was located in the north of the temple where it had no sunlight and was very cold. You can easily imagine how cold I felt. I tried to overcome the cold by putting newspaper between my thick sweater and undergarments. Compared to those times, we have much more comfort.

In January, the city of Tokyo was hit by heavy snowfall. It had been a long time since the residents of Tokyo received such a white gift. With communication disrupted, the vulnerability of the capital city to snow has been demonstrated once again. But we can think of this as a rewarding experience: those who had never cleared snow will have come to understand how difficult it is. Everything that happens around us is a learning opportunity.

End of year greetingsLinkIcon

Dear readersLinkIcon

What I have in mind through ChanoyuLinkIcon

Shopping at year-endLinkIcon

Get ready for the New YearLinkIcon

N.Y. and D. C.LinkIcon

A certain girlLinkIcon

Advent of autumnLinkIcon

Sairai ‘return again’
[Apr 2012]LinkIcon

When arranging flowers…
[May 2012]LinkIcon

The cicadas cry
[jun 2012] [ch0]LinkIcon

My visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree.
[jul 2012]LinkIcon

Watching Sumo
[Aug 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics
[Sep 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics(Part 2)
[Oct 2012]LinkIcon

What we must do now
[Nov 2012]LinkIcon

Finishing the year.
[Dec 2012]LinkIcon

At the New Year [Jan 2013]LinkIcon

my tea room[Feb 2013]LinkIcon

Shouzeri[Mar 2013]LinkIcon

All about April [April 2013]LinkIcon

Tools and the feelings they evoke[May 2013]LinkIcon

Three Years On[June 2013]LinkIcon

Fate[Jul 2013]LinkIcon

The shape of ash[Aug 2013]LinkIcon

Niagara Falls[September 2013]LinkIcon

Visiting Singapore[Oct 2013]LinkIcon

wisdom of “shift”[Nov 2013]LinkIcon

Time[Dec 2013]LinkIcon

Peacefulness[Jan 2014]LinkIcon

Double Surprise[Feb 2014]LinkIcon

Sellout crowd, greatly impressed. [Mar 2014]LinkIcon

A red Japanese plum on a snowy day [April 2014]LinkIcon

My First Encounter with Film[May 2014]LinkIcon

First impressions[June 2014]LinkIcon

The sense of moderation [July 2014]LinkIcon

What we know and don't know[August 2014]LinkIcon

One after the other[September 2014]LinkIcon

The Tea Ceremony Teddy Bear[October 2014]LinkIcon

Here's looking at you, kid[November 2014]LinkIcon

The end of the year[December 2014]LinkIcon

Hon[January 2015]LinkIcon

Seishori nimo todomarazu[February 2015]LinkIcon

Approaches in Tea Ceremony[March 2015]LinkIcon

Separation[April 2015]LinkIcon

Recent events[May 2015]LinkIcon

Recent Events (continued)[June 2015]LinkIcon

Cleaning[July 2015]LinkIcon

Bowing in Japanese Tea Ceremony[August 2015]LinkIcon

Inauguration[September 2015]LinkIcon

Twenty -fifth anniversary in Singapore[October 2015]LinkIcon

Cultural exchanges in Europe[November 2015]LinkIcon

Coming to a close[December 2015]LinkIcon

Man[January 2016]LinkIcon

What does and doesn't change[February 2016]LinkIcon

Tea ceremonies in the snow[March 2016]LinkIcon

Seasons[April 2016]LinkIcon

Hospitality[May 2016]LinkIcon

Time[June 2016]LinkIcon

Appreciation of objects [July 2016]LinkIcon

A meeting in the sky[August 2016]LinkIcon

Amid world developments[September 2016]LinkIcon

Absent and Present [October 2016]LinkIcon

Thank you for a perfect day! [November 2016]LinkIcon

Thinking of my Sixtieth Anniversary[December 2016]LinkIcon

Discard Everthing[February 2017]LinkIcon

The first tea ceremonies for the New Year[March 2017]

What do we mean by “new”? [April 2017]

My recent activities [May 2017]

My activities in April[June 2017]

In memory of Mr. Seizo Hayashiya [July 2017]

My fatherand Mr. Seizo Hayashiya - Part Two[September 2017] [ch0]

My father, Mr. Hayashiya and myself[Ocober2017]

Cherish the Seasonal Changes[November 2017]

Looking back this year[December 2017]

Holidays [February 2018]

In the cold [March 2018]