Event Date: October 5, 2019
We were blessed with good weather for this year's Shofuso Tea gathering, which has continued without interruption every Spring and Autumn since 2007. Once again, we were able to enjoy a beautiful autumn Japanese garden.
Seventy guests, both from the general public and Domonkai members, participated in usucha (thin tea) sessions held in the shoin style tea room. The hanging scroll was "Wa Kei Sei Jyaku," written by a Shimano priest. The tea utensils and tools were chosen to amplify the feeling of autumn within the tea room. The sweet was called "usagi" (rabbit) and made by Minamoto Kicho-an.
Koicha (thick tea) sessions were held in the koma style tea room. The scroll in this room read "Shigure Koyo wo Arau," and was written by a shodo and keido priest from Daitokuji Zuihoin. The frame for the scroll was made from wood from a tea hearth frame in Todaiji that was repaired using the kintsugi method by Onioke Mizusashi of Shigaraki. This heightened the expression of wabi that is most appropriate for a tea room.
The sweets for koicha were called "Miyama," meaning deep in the mountains, and were made by MIU. Twenty-five guests from the general public and Domonkai members attended the koicha sessions.
Domonkai members traveled from Washington DC and Philadelphia to join as guests. In total, 100 people were able to enjoy the tea ceremony at the beautiful Shofuso.