Review: A place for everything and everything in it’s place

A Japanese tea room Mizuya or storage room is pictured above as regimented and subtle as the ceremony and utensils themselves.  This drawing from “Cha-no-yu- The Japenese Tea Ceremony” caught my attention. I am often enamoured by the line drawings of wabi sabi tea bowls in such tea ceremony books but find this restrained and hidden part of the ceremony equally as intriguing and more scarcely documented. The depth of our daily rituals extend all the way to storage (the jars in the cupboard, the milk in the fridge). In tea ceremony the behind the scenes and preparation is just as important as what is meant to be viewed.

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