o be fair, I switched the topic of today’s A to Z Challenge post from what I had originally planned it to be, but only because today, coincidentally, two books on tea ceremony arrived at my door, not unexpectedly, I should add. When I get the idea for a story, the first thing I’m likely to do is hop on Amazon and buy a bunch of books about whatever it is I’m planning to write about. For research purposes. Yes. Really, any excuse to buy more books is fine with me. I am finding, though, that my collection of non-fiction books about Japan and Japanese culture is growing rather large. I can’t help but wonder if this will continue when we move back to Canada, or if it will peter out with distance.
In any case, last weekend Alex and I were invited out to attend a tea ceremony at Kitano Tenmangu and while sitting in seiza and trying desperately to focus on the ritual and ignore the burning pain in my legs, a spark of an idea came to me. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a lot like many of the martial arts I’ve practiced. There’s a strong concentration on virtues like beauty, respect and attention to detail. The intricate way every motion is carried out adds the same sort of spiritual flair I’m used to in budo. Alex and I took a single class in tea ceremony years back when we first moved here, but though the class was very affordable, it was sadly too far away from where we lived to make it a regular thing, so sadly, we don’t have many Stories from a Tearoom Window to share with you. Not yet, anyway. Give me a few months and I might have something decently slashed and edited enough to be allowed into the public eye.