Monthly Archives: November 2020


Saturday, October 24, 12:30p Oddly, in all the beautiful, warm weather of our northern Michigan summer, I never once did tea outside. And then, in October, as the cold returned, I did the first outdoor ceremony since March, for someone other than me and my quarantea buddy. The day began with rain that gradually turned […]

Spring Came Slowly

Quarantea 5 (April 9, 2020) Nishiki-datte sou, a chabako temae, or presentation, that uses a set of four panels tied together. The futa or box lid is used a a rest for the tea implements. Tea – Matcha Harmony (organic matcha) Sweet – candied ume Chawan – my pine and gold tiny Kyoto bowl Chabako […]


Quarantea 6 (April 10, 2020) Kakoi-datte sou, is a chabako temae that means barrier. During the ceremony, the chabako is set on its side and the zutsu, tea and whisk are set inside, protected from wind. Today, although I practiced tea inside, the world outside was cold and windy – appropriate weather for a barrier […]


Quarantea 4 (April 8, 2020) This morning, the orchards, cloaked in grey mist, set the mood perfectly for this chabako temae, kasumi-datte “mist presentation.” It is the first chabako temae, sou. It is traditionally done in the springtime, although, we practice it all year round. The presentation uses a single panel. The implements are arranged […]