Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Through!? Consuming ! Thick and Thin : Tea via Travelling Tea Time

Well, I have started making tea savories (wagashi) here at home and have concocted a few Canadianized summer maple syrup dishes to serve up with tea as well over this summer. I'm working on a Canadian Kaiseki style tea ceremony as well : Dining with thick as well as thin tea. Although I will need to consult with some of my more culinary friends and family regarding this as I, similar to John Snow, know little of such things as my more experienced professional friends in that field.


Indeed, as my country of Canada is a fine multicultural one, I'm working to, on occasion, expand the tea ceremony to be more than merely Japanese and thus I shall consult with those who know much more that I. Cultural appropriation? I shall do some consulting to make it culturally appropriate to the particular ceremony and properly considerate. For each event via the upcoming Facebook site WhereWiskWay (Travelling Tea Time) I will post info detailing the ceremonial context of the particular upcoming ceremony.

 I shall be with you through thick and thin tea rain sleet hail thunder with side orders of lightning and whatever else this season seems to be bringing us here in Thunder Bay. Indoors, outdoors whenever whatever the weather : Where Wisk Way I say.

Below you'll find my Travelling Tea Time map to not only tea houses and tea shops in town but to scenic outdoor locations for upcoming tea ceremonies. Soon I shall be creating a Facebook site for upcoming events and locations (both indoor and outdoor) year-round. Stay posted and do stay frostily ice-steeped !

Monday, June 20, 2016

Preparing for Summer

As it is summer now, earlier today I unpacked and placed a seasonal scroll

For summer I have put together a nodaté (野点)tea set for ceremony in the parks here in Thunder Bay. 

Nodaté is Japanese for outdoor tea ceremony and chabako is Japanese for tea box.

 For my nodaté chabako I repurposed an old box of Korean tea cookies. 

I find the post colonial cultural fusion wonderfully scintillating as the set can and will be used not only for Japanese tea ceremony but also to recreate within a Canadian context the earlier Korean and also the even earlier, original Chinese green tea powder (matcha) ceremony

The thermos is kind of a more modern Canadian element I call it 'Blue Lightning' fitting for the weather we've been having off and on recently in this here Bay of Thunder by the seemingly lazy Nanabijou. 

(Oftentimes I find myself waving my hands at him like Tom Cruise in "Minority Report" but sadly to no effect. Perhaps maybe its my rather spindly pipe-cleaner like arms)....

With regards to the hobby of nodate chabako crafting I find I'm often inspired by the work of a potter of the U.S part of America @ Chabako Crazy.