Sunday, June 5, 2011


Today on the Japanese chado calendar is Eisai-ki, the festival of the Zen priest Eisai, who brought the first tea from China to Japan in 1191 and planted them on Mt. Seburi. He was one the first outside of China to extol tea's health benefits, writing, "Tea is a miraculous medicine for health and an elixir for long life."

On the memorial day of Esai, Higashiyama is awash
with the steam and aroma of tea.
— Seisei

I found this well-shot, silent demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony recently ...

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