Chinese New Year 2018

Happy New Year out there – all the best, health, happiness and spiritual growth to you all. My drawing this “Year of the dig”, the 11. animal in the chinese zodiac. The dog here represents fx loyality. And my motiv is a blend of chinese, japanese and danish tradition – chosen from H.C. Andersens fairytale “The Tinderbox”, or “Fyrtøjet”. The story goes like this: a solder is asked by a witch to crawl through a whole in an old tree, down in the ‘underworld’ or mystic world of ‘un’consciousness. He there meets three dogs who safeguard three treasureboxes with money – cobber, silver and gold. Their eyes as big as teacups (!), millstones and even the Round Tower of Copenhagen. Courageously he lifts them down and gains the money. One thing he needs to bring the witch – a mystic tinderbox. Asking what us is for and not getting an answer, he cuts the witch’s head off – and then goes enjoying his money. But after that is gone, he has only the tinderbox left, uses it – and the dogs come to FULFILL his wishes. This includes the princess and ruling the country. Happy dramatic ending. Spiritual enlightenment told in beautiful pictures, and much more than just a funny story…

20180121_09473420180120_22293920180120_222957the last picture is from the library of Copenhagen, where a chinese girl was dancing so grace ful backstage, while the danish people were singing from the  “højskolesangbog”… culture meeting again.

Have a beautiful year!! Love, Ulla



Zen monk and mosquito

One dear friend brought me these from Japan – to get the story behind this mon and the mosquito, I asked another friend about it. The answer is, that it is a zen master in old times in China, who scares away the flies with this, not killing them. So it originally is a fly whisk, but at some time became a symbol for a person being a master. Its name is a ‘hokku’ – unusual and beautiful, isn’t it?


Autumn tea. So simple.

Its stormy outside and I need an excuse to stay inside… Darjeeling oolong. 20171028_14270520171028_14271620171028_14282320171028_14283320171028_14323920171028_143300

Autumn sweets 2017

Beautiful october, beautiful red-yellow coloured leaves! In japanese tea, we bring nature into the tearoom, with a zen saying in the tokonoma, seasonal flowers, materials – and last but not least: sweets. They consist of the usual paste of white beans, rice flour and sugar – but it’s the shape, the colour, the poetry in them, that’s makes all the difference… wonderful tea evening with friends. Thank you – you know who you are : )


And more sweets…this time for a private Sakura celebration and outdoor tea-ceremony (nodate). The design was inspired by some sweets seen on YouTube, but since I didn’t get the name, we decided it must have been something to do with a ROSE… : )


I wanted a few more pictures of okashi, japanese sweets. These were the ones I made for the Cph Sakura Festival 2017… “Hitohiea”, One Leaf…


10th anniversary of the Copenhagen Sakura Festival! The day seemed to down in the rain, which had been pouring down all night – but magic Ally it clearet up and the sun was out when the festival started! As usual, there was TEA. The group called Byakun, led by Chieko Petersen, performed five japanese tea-ceremonies. Carlo introduced everybody, and made tea in the form of Chabako – all tea utensils hidden in a wooden box. Chieko is on one of the pictures, too. Beautiful sweets by Noboko, and much less beautiful by me : )

My best tea-greetings, Ulla Conrad