Four Meanings of Japanese Sado when Drinking Tea with Japanese Tea Cups
1. Harmony and Pleasure
Harmony and pleasure is a spirit going through all processes of sado. Harmony is the form and pleasure in the emotion, the foundation of sado atmosphere. In the sado process, the senses of touching, smelling, seeing and hearing should in harmony and pleasure.
In detail, the tea cup should not be too cool to touch, the sweet fragrance should be spread in the room with its pleasant smell inducing guests into meditation. The environment should be in harmony and the guests should be in pleasure.
Japanese sado has absorbed the value of "equality" from Buddhist Zen and formed the idea of "respect" by summarization and improvement. The idea means that all participants of sado are equal and they should respect each other and should joint to create and enjoy the harmonious atmosphere of tearoom. In the teahouse guests and the host respect and love each other to mingle their feeling in a natural way. No matter what social statues of guests, they all go into the tearoom through the "little entrance? If the samurai takes his katana with him, he must place it outside of the teahouse. All this mentioned above embody the idea of "respect" advocated by sado.
"Cleaning" in sado means to clean one’s soul. Before the coming of guests, the host cleans the leaf and stone in the room. Tearoom remain spotless, even the coal that used to boil water are washed out of ash. Tea drinkers gain a clean and peaceful heart by removing outside pollution.
Quiet is the ultimate state pursued by Japanese sado, and it is also the meaning of sado existence. In terms of Sanskrit, " quiet" means "silence", "peacefulness" and "stability", but in Buddhism it means "death?，"nirvana" and "empty". When tea drinker and Buddhist deny all matters, they enter an "empty" world without sound and color. Compared with being alive, death has much primitiveness and belonging and takes a longer time. Death is absolute, but living is relative. "Death" is the world of "empty" and the "origination" of "existence". Samsara of Buddhist idea brings people with the hope of regenerating in future world. When tea drinkers deny all inherent aesthetic values and abandon all mental restricts, a brand new art emerges at the moment.
Japanese sado is a comprehensive cultural and art activity, merging daily behaviors, religion, philosophy, ethics and aesthetics into a single whole. It is an indispensable part of oriental culture. It can provide people with material enjoyment as well as benefit people with tea etiquette teaching, improvement of personalities, and cultivation of aesthetic value and ethic value by tea party.
About Japanese Tea Cups
In Japan, people tend to relate to Japanese tea cups when talking about Japanese tea sets. Clearly, Japanese tea cups is a kind of important tea sets. When people first see Sencha making, they are always astonished at the small size of the tea cup and few tea in it. It is common sense for Sencha-making people in Japan that they shall be devoted to small size and exquisiteness, which shows the unique characteristics for making Sencha at that time. There are plenty stories about why choosing small cups. Some say it is because only small cups were available and commonly-used at that time, while others content that it was affected by Chinese Kongfu tea making.
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