Yesterday was a special day for Prissy and I. We had a homegrown Japenese tea ceremony in our yard. We were hoping to be able to use the tea house at the Botanical Garden during the Japanese Festival in St. Louis but Prissy is on a tight schedule and had to leave for her next stop.
We did make do though and although it wasn't the perfect ceremony it was very special for us. St. Louis' own kimono-san, also known as the Garden Geisha (and my daughter) performed the ceremony for us. Believe it or not, I have never been able to attend the yearly ceremony at Shaw's Garden so this was Prissy and my first experience.
The special bamboo spoon used to take tea from the tea caddy is made of a single piece of bamboo and symbolizes human form of the tea master and when it is being purified for the ceremony it also helps to purify the tea master and clear their mind of everything except the ceremony.
After the ceremony each item was again cleaned and the waste water was placed into a special bowl.
The fan used to create a separation between the tea master and guest also matched kimono.
My daughter is not a true tea master but has been learning from a tea master for a number of years and is very humble about hosting a tea ceremony.
This was a very special experience that we shared together; one that I shall remember always. My thanks to the Traveling Teapot and everyone that has made this possible.