By: Louk Vreeswijk

Dec 09 2012

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Category: Asia, Japan

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“The path is no more than a way out
of this floating world –
Why not wash off upon entering it
the dust of impurity from our heart.”

Purity (sei)

Stone wash basins like the one in the picture, containing crystal clear water, are invariably placed near the entrance of a Japanese tea room. Before participating in what is often called – for want of a better word – a tea ceremony, the invited guests pour water over their hands and clean their mouths with the use of a bamboo scoop. After this, with purified body and soul, they are ready to enter the tea room.

The little poem is by 16th century tea master Sen no Rikyu.

Calligraphy by: Soshitsu Sen, for his book “Tea life, Tea mind”

Photo of the week: Rock garden, designed by Kano Motonobu, at Taizo-in temple, Myoshin-ji temple complex, Kyoto, Japan, 2008

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