Hospitality has just reached brand new dimensions, with a production crew of 7 devoted volunteers, making the Sado Island experience beyond compare. Eyes as Big as Plates rocked two shoots in record speed, just in time for the noon banquet kindly provided by Ms. Ohsawa. The forecast was for snow and stormy winds and it was questionable whether our chosen location was safe for our priest. We were silly to even worry about it, as she is a lady who can clearly stand her ground and is a beacon for her temple goers. Out on the Kasugazaki cliff, she joined the tough seaside vegetation with all her might.
One of the regulars at the Horinji Temple is Mr. Hanyu, who is a tea ceremony master. Apparently you train as an apprentice for ten years to become proficient in this art and another ten years to potentially become a master. Tea ceremonies are about clearing the mind. It’s more of a meditative affair, where discussion (if any) revolves around the tea and the equipment used to making it. We saw Mr. Hanyu sit in his immaculate tea ceremony position and got inspired.