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Archive for september 2019

Kyotaku & Monocle Boss

September sunday morning, and I have been looking foreward to drinking tea. Drinking tea properly. This morning was beautiful golden and sunny, when I woke up, and I remember from a walk yesterday, that the chestnuts have started to change leaf colour from green to yellow. Kids start looking for chestnuts on the ground. So – I was kind of surprised, when I, a bit later, went to my study and tea drinking room, which opens up to the sea and a view of the Swedish coast. There WAS no coast. There was even no water. A thick white fog covered it all. Only a few big trees showed through the white, but only in light green douched silhuets. I lighted my favorite frankincense incense, and soon the room indoors also was covered in a light, nice smelling fog… and I put on another japanese flute music, as I did yesterday, but from a japanese man, who seemed to have invented the ‘kyotaku’: Kokū Nishamura. Watching the smoke rise and play in the air was amazingly meditative, together with the flute tones.

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A bit earlier I had gone to my teastoring place and wondered what tea to match the day, the chestnut AND foggy sunday morning. And I was exhilarated to discover, that I still had a sample left from my visit to MEI LEAF in London last spring. “Monocle Boss”, raw pu erh, 5 gr. White porcelain gaiwan, white teacup from a potter in Sweden, underneath a ceramic plate, I found yesterday in a thrift store, probably for candles originally. The potter mark is “PM”, in a yellow clay with a light gray glaze. Underneath the teacup I put a wooden plate, which I also found six of at the same store. They all have a very unusual inlay of bronce metal pattern, marked in the back with “Frantz Hingelberg, Aarhus”. Which turned out to be a goldsmith, kind of wellknown on the antique dealer websites I found. Ready for the big “Monocle Boss”.

The dry leaves are beautifully big, dark, with a single white leave. 1. brew about 30 seconds (probably way too long, I forgot to check their recommandations), and the smell of the lid! Sweet and pleasant, deep and expressive. The leaves in the gaiwan, omg… deep and pure HONEY, sweetness, complex fruityness, and when I look at their own description on the lavel again, YES, “a syrupy texture, sweet grapefruit zest” and “leather bind library books”. That last one I couldn’t have expressed… ; ) I am amazed. These leaves, revealing THIS after being revived by water. I feel lucky. There seems more scent in the leaves than in the liquor itself. The liquor golden, light, but intenser taste than smell.

2. brew. Leaves unfold completely, but the honeysweetness from the leaves has diminished. But the liquor now has taken more of it with it, and smells stronger than 1. time. Darker golden orange colour.

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I lift my head from the notes for a second, and my eyes hit the view of the white greyish fog outside. And it throws me into peaceful awareness, total being right here and now. The flute tones align with my breathing – or the other way round – and there I am. I. AM. No more writing, or reading, is necessary, when I can get THIS, be HERE, blown away, arrived i  the Now.

“The original kyotaku flutes are played y BREATHING, rather than blowing, to get the desired sound.” (From the CD cover)

Breathing. Yes. The tea, or the listening, or both, blows everything superflouse away, peals it down to the essentials, cleanse, ground the body, fokuses the mind, the being.

“Seagus drifting / incense playing in the air – / shakuhachi dream”

“Havgusen driver / røgelsen leger i luften  – / shakuhachi drøm”

Have a nice day, Ulla

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Shakuhachi & Heng Fu Raw Pu Erh

This weekend has beautiful weather in Denmark, the chestnut trees slowly turn golden and the air is crisp and clear. Friday I had another get-together for my poetry book release, and switched books with the most known haiku writer here, Hanne Hansen. She had a chestnut on her cover : ) I decided to drink from an older sheng pu erh disk, Heng Fu Qi Zi Bing Cha, Meng Hai Tea Factory, 2007. I found it long ago in a chinese shop, it was put up as a decoration on top of some shelves, and the owner thought it no good. I got it for nearly nothing – and now it’s been a delight to drink it so many times, and it is some of the best aged raw pu erh I have had… lucky me? Listening to a CD I was given by Denmarks best shakuhachi player, Torsten Olafsson himself.

Tea greetings from Ulla C.

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Poetry & cold water matcha

Good morning from Denmark after a full moon : ) I am going to spend the day drinking Du Mu Chun Raw Pu-erh from a moon-round bing… But am starting out with a cold-water Matcha from Marukyo Koyama-en I was gifted a few days ago, for by new haiku-collection release : ) Just remembered that there is a full moon illustration in the other book I just released, made by myself… see last picture.  (written for facebook group “gong fu cha”, sept. 14th)

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