茶の湯 in サンフランシスコ ・ Japanese Tea Ceremony を San Franciscoで

表千家四方社中の茶の湯ブログ Japanese Tea Ceremony Blog for Shikata Shachu – Omotesenke

箱根茶会 2015・Hakone Chakai 2015

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Hakone Chakai is an event held annually at Hakone Gardens.  It is an opportunity for the Bay Area tea practitioners of different schools to come together and share our common bond through chanoyu.

箱根茶会は箱根ガーデンズで毎年行われる行事です。これを機会にサンフランシスコ・ベイエリアのお茶を嗜む方々が流派の違いに関らず集まって、茶の湯を通じて経験を分かち合おう、という趣旨です。

Groups from Urasenke, Omotesenke, Mushanoko’ujisenke, Da’inihonchado’ugakkai, Edosenke served tea at 8 different facilities within the gardens.

裏千家、表千家、武者小路千家、大日本茶道学会、江戸千家からのグループが庭園内8ヶ所の施設でお茶を点てました。

It was a beautiful autumn Sunday, and a great day for the tea gathering.  (Actually, it was a bit too warm to be fully clad in kimono….)  We visited two Urasenke sessions (usucha, ko’icha) and one Da’inihonchado’ugakkai session (ryu’urei at table).  This year the event was held in late September (rather than October as usual).  Not sure if that was the reason, but there were fewer people in each seki (seating or session) – and it was more enjoyable.  More relaxed, and more face-time with the hosts.

当日はとても良い秋晴れの日曜日で、お茶会日和でした。(本音を言いますと、着物では暑すぎる位でした。)私達は裏千家さんのお席二席(薄茶、濃茶)と大日本茶道学会さんのお席一席(立礼)にお邪魔しました。今年は例年の10月ではなく、9月下旬に行われました。その為か各席の人数が少なめでしたが、逆に和やかな雰囲気が増し、ご亭主との距離も近く楽しみがもっと深まりました。

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