As i, Shiro, approached, a Lit Room ahead grew bright. er.
Now Night and Dark, i… was in Training. In
Our World, Legends known as Ninja,..
have so become
1984… That, so Began.
There was no Internet. No IOT Then. In 1984.
Barely in 1991…
Not like now.
In 1984 Two South Australians decided to follow.
Using Books we chased these Shadows throughout
recent History. Yearning for their Secrets. Travelled
to another Aussie State to confirm an Address. Worked
Two Jobs, Saved like crazy…
Flew on a Big Plane.
Then a Fast Train. Or Two.
Found the Address. Eventually. Next
Lived The Dream.
In Japan. With Ninja. Then
when on to Learn… a couple of things.
They felt like Showing Us… including
How To Take Tea
Ways From A Ninja
… With Ninja… as well. Well as
being Japanese Tea. Green. Then. 1991.
Japan. SomeWheres. Back Then. Then
as i furthered into the Light. Things
become clearer. Back into the Night
We so went.
Training Outdoors. Winter.
In Rice Paddies.
Chatting abouts… Tea Ways.
With Spears. Swords.
Ninja too. To
find so Sweet and Sour is the Way
of Tea. Japanese. Japan’s
Tea Ways Out,.. Ins.
Way of Tea has several nomens. Names include:
Chanoyu,.. Sado,.. Ocha.
Ritualistic, fashioned, the Ceremony
invokes appreciation of the Tea by
showing appreciation TO the Guests…
by giving them a Drink… and Show.
Guests presented with Kashi… Sweets, 菓子
Consumed prior, so balanced by Bitter Tea.
Tea is Green, powdered: Matcha/Macha 抹茶
The Tea Plant is/was not Native to Japan.
Introduction vis China app. 4th Century.
Tea cultivated app. 6th Century-
Ceremony cultivation app. 8th Century-
Initial Uses/Users: Religious, Medicinal.
Mainly cost driven.
Myoan Eisai, a Priest penned the first Treatise
on the Way of Tea. The Kissa Yojoki.
(…aka Tea Drinking is Good For Health…)
Over Times, Places the partaking of Tea
became a Societal norm. For Samurai and the
General Public alike. Like a
Snake. In 1991, hissed Ninja Instructor
Fumio Manaka Shihan as i, Shiro
thrust a Sword. Struck out when a Low Posture. So
Bladed Tip, angled slightly upwards,
approached Ribs. Then smoothly turning flat,
to penetrate ‘tween Bones. There. His. Then
His Hiss. Turned Hum. Humming now, He
too angled His Body. Doing so whilst
looping and twisting. His Spear Thrust.
Using the Spears extra length easily
evading my Sword. Out of Reach. Reaching
i, Shiro. His Spear met Chest. Mine.
The twist to the Spear’s motion ensured. Penetration.
‘Cept this One had a rounded Training Blade/End. Still…
still, those tentacles of Pain. So Flared. Chest. Mine.
I hissed now, breathless, gasping, as His Technique.
Targeted. Took Effect.
Manaka Shihan hummed. Mores. Meanwhiles
My Chest, Solar Plexus…
wanted to find a quiet Corner. Fars
My Body flew back… rather gracefully. Somehows.
Ballet like Leap… ‘cept in reverse.
My Sword though, wibbled and wobbled belatedly
cutting Air Molecules. Lil’ else.
I squished, splashed. The Landing. Still
Upright. In a Rice Paddy. Field…
Sword held limply. Chest…
ON FIRE. Metaphorically.
Now so bespattered with muddy Water that
slowly made it’s Own Ways. Down
My Face. Mainly. Manaka
Shihan smiled, hum stopped,
saying simply,.. tea-singly;..
“… Again…”… More in Deed.
Indeed,.. i, Shiro couldn’t agree. More. More
Tea and Ways…
too does the Tea Way combine. Flowers,
Calligraphy, Tea Rooms Design/Materials,
Gardens and subtle Lighting
are some examples. Each Facet adding to the
overall effect. Taste, Smell as well. Well as Ceramics
and Utensils. Each Plays a Part. Theirs. Within
these Tea Ways.
As with presented Sweets;.. Seasonal Themes
and Variations dominate The Flowers, Gardens,
so forth. Forthrightly
that even now,
many typically associate, recognise.
The Season-ed Tea Ceremony as Iconic.
Almost soothingly Meditative in action,.. participation
as Guest(s) and Giver interact. Simple yet
appreciative approach that adds much
to the taste of those tannin Teas. Shared. Sharing too
more than a Drink, Manaka Shihan did us Honor.
By Sharing. Knowledge, Fact, Opinion, Thoughts.
As Aboves. Belows. Herein. Teas ed out.
the Ancestors has long been a part of Japan’s
Martial Traditions. Traditionally the Tea Ceremony
has become, over Times, Places…
A Way to Balance…
With it’s simplicity, naturalness unadorned.
Tea Rooms reflect this as well. Well as
unpainted, unwaxed, simply weathered
and worn. Simply. Bare.
Excess is scorned. Of no Desire, Reason.
For Thems, That. Therein.
One Callig. Scroll, One Flower Bunch/Branch.
A Tea Set, You, i.
A Discipline, Tradition of simply sharing. Tea.
Shihan Manaka went on. Mores.
The Ideals and Concepts akin to that and
those of Zen Buddhism stir so deep within
The Tea Ways. Way laid and intertwined,
The Tea Ceremony
invokes, causes and effects
on ALL FIVE SENSES.
The overall effect plays both Conscious
and Unconscious Levels. Such engagement
of BOTH BRAIN HEMISPHERES in a peaceful
uplifting manner brings together…
Inner Equality. Balance.
The Left Brain Side Analytical,.. following the
Implements, Procedures, Details, Rituals.
The Right Side Appreciative,.. following the
Creative Natural beauty of Plant/Paper/Place…
interactions of feelings ‘ tween Guest, Host…
anticipation of Taste, Smell, Touch, Sight, Sound.
Simple Sights and Sounds… Surround.
Running Waters, Boiling Waters.
Wisps of Steam.
Whisk on Ceramics.
So Wiped Clean.
How To Take Tea From A Ninja.?.
Share Training, Lives.
Our World, Legends. Dreams.
A Simple… Sharing.
Of That Cup… Of Life.
Shall i Pour.?.
Feel Free. Mores. To Teas-e out.
This and That.
Your Favourite Brew.
Alls will do. To Share.
Such Views. From You. Herein.
Next… So Is To Be… This:
The Kraken Lives. Out There. Deep.
Please Feel Free and If So Inclined To Contact/Comment:..
i, Shiro that is.
With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.
If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is
To Be So Writ. Herein.