Thursday, January 13, 2005

This is me with my tea ceremony teacher. By this point I had been kneeling down for about 2 hours and my knees were killing me! In the background there's a hagoita - a sort of racket used to play an ancient Japanese ball game. Posted by Hello


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the days when me and Rich studied Iaido there was a lot of kneeling on wooden floors, sliding around while drawing and cutting with swords (incase you get attack whilst looking for a contact lens). Anyway, i feel your knee knackering pain and found that cussioned knee pads from a sports shop were the way forward. Worn under the hakama nobody could tell, you may have to invest in a pair of MC Hammer suit trousers to hide them under if you insist on wearing a 3 piece.
Keep up the good work.
p.s What is the record for most amount of tea consumed in one ceremony?

10:07 pm  
Blogger Lewis said...

Personally I've only ever drunk a maximum of three cups of tea in one ceremony, but I'm willing to try for four. Thanks for the tips about knee pads - not a bad idea... however, I find the bigger problem is that my feet go to sleep after a while, leading to chronic pins and needles.

4:52 pm  
Blogger lemaiz said...

Are you sure that's a ball game tool of some description between you? Looks like a bunch of flowers. Which makes slightly more sense at a tea party than a sports device...

11:11 pm  
Blogger Lewis said...

Well, I've been reliably informed that it's not a bunch of flowers by one of my teachers. "Hanetsuki" is the game which you play using the hagoita - it's a sort of ancient type of Japanese badminton.

So there you go.

1:59 pm  

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