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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General green Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #91 New 11-18-2011 10:24 AM
green
pouring tea by Neko1998 used under creative commons licence



Green is the night and out of madness woven,
The self-same madness of the astronomer

Wallace Stevens, The Candle a Saint

All in green went my love riding
on a great horse of gold
into the silver dawn.

e e cummings, All in green went my love riding

He with cowslips pale,
Primrose, and purple lychnis, decked the green
Before my threshold

Mark Akenside, Inscription for a grotto

The art of tea symbolizes simplification, first of all, by an inconspicuous, solitary, thatched hut erected, perhaps, under an old pine tree, as if the hut were part of nature and not specially constructed by human hands.
D T Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture



In my column Indigo Blue I talked about how in Japan green is blue. But sometimes of course green is green.

Green tea and matcha powdered green tea products are very popular in Japan. You can buy matcha latte drinks and matcha ice cream and even matcha chocolate. I mentioned green tea and ichigo ichie 一期一会 before in my blog post Doumo. Arigatou. Gozaimashita.

If you are ever in Kyoto drop in at ran Hotei for some green tea. It's run by a martial artist. In the Daily Yomiuri interview below he talks about Bun Bu Ryo Do 文武両道 ぶんぶりょうどう the way of the pen and the way of the sword - follow them both. It's a nice coincidence because I talked about Bun Bu Ryo Do just last week in my blog article the eleventh hour.

It is easy to see the connection between shodo - Japanese calligraphy - and martial arts. In Zen and the Ways by Trevor Leggett there is a striking photograph from the dojo of Omori Sogen Roshi. A man about to write a character is attacking the paper using his brush almost like a sword. It is much more difficult to see the connection between the tea ceremony and budo. The Japanese tea ceremony can fall into mannered and empty and effete aestheticism. So approaching the tea ceremony as a budoka - martial artist - must give it a vitality and awareness. You can see the zanshin awareness - remaining mind - in the photo above.

I used to drink matcha with my first aikido teacher in a tranquil pottery shop and café near the Nippon Budokan.

And recently I found some green tea toothpaste.

Niall


poems
http://seamonkeyrodeo.blogspot.com/2...dle-saint.html
Wallace Stevens, The Candle a Saint

http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/eecummings/11875
e e cummings, All in green went my love riding

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/48281/
Mark Akenside, Inscription for a Grotto


background articles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_tea_ceremony
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/columns/0003/inroads027.htm
http://www.ranhotei.com/english/


my columns on aikiweb:
Resistance
Martial Arts in Manga and Animé
Indigo Blue
Improvised Weapons No.1: The Umbrella
Brothers
Unbalance - Feet of Clay
Half a Tatami
Zen in the Art of Aikido


I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.



© niall matthews 2011
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#2 11-19-2011 06:47 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. I never heard of teaism before.
#1 11-19-2011 03:04 AM
Thanks Niall, the thought of Randy Channell just to live for the moment, that's it, right? I found a related site and like to share that: Many though there be, Who with words or even hands Know the Way of Tea. Few there are or none at all, Who can serve it from the heart. A few weeks ago I tasted matcha ice cream by chance it was not so bad, I usually take green ice cream, I like the mint taste with chocolate ice,
 




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