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- It’s almost a museum! Amazing collections that are more than just a hobby.
- Have you ever experienced tea ceremony in a tearoom built inside a house?
It’s almost a museum! Amazing collections that are more than just a hobby.
The world of tea ceremony is really profound. Some enthusiastically collect expensive tea ware or are picky about the matcha they use for tea ceremony.I met one real tea enthusiast among these passionate kinds of people, who built a tea room right in his flat! His name is Martin. I was invited to his tea ceremony to see his amazing tea room!
As soon as I entered his flat, I saw the many pieces of tea ware on the wall. I instantly saw that he has a real passion for it. Surprisingly, most of the tea ware was made by him. “It’s my serious hobby”, he says, but I must say it’s more than just a hobby after seeing two big kilns in his kitchen!
Have you ever experienced tea ceremony in a tearoom built inside a house?
After viewing his flat, he showed me his tearoom. Once the door opened, there was an ‘official’ tearoom inside. I was so impressed by this unusual scenery, because it’s very rare to see a house, built inside a house. His passion poured into each item with things like the garden or ‘Chozusha,’ which is very detailed. He says he carefully selected the material for tearoom and explained everything to me in detail along with the history of tea. He is so familiar with the history of art and it was so pleasant to listen to his lecture. Tea ceremony began after the lecture. I entered into the tea room through this small entrance. There was infinite beauty inside the room and it was just like another world.
“Tea ceremony used to be a culture where samurai would communicate with each other. The thought of Samurai preparing for war and enjoying a cup of tea is momentary beauty. It’s all about here and now and this is just another reason why tea ceremony has been largely accepted in Germany.”
I realized how I didn’t have much time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with all my heart. When you stop and take time out of your busy life, you can get creative and reinvigorated. It was so nice to sit and only think about tea. Thank you Martin, I appreciate your hospitality!