Collective Soul

Updated: Feb 19

It all started…watching Sachiko dispense tea samples to one of our customers at ChaTo.


I had no idea (at the time) Sachiko was dispensing from a 50 year old Tokoname kyusu that belonged to her grandmother (Toshiko-san’s mother).



What I did notice was Sachiko’s care and discipline in dispensing tea patiently and perfectly. Not a drop spilled, no motion wasted. Left hand index finger gracefully keeping the lid on the kyusu as the right hand tilted forward to the cups, 1-2-3, 3-2-1, 1-2-3….


This is cool.


The surprised look on the faces of the customers as they tried the tea. Wow! There would be looks of enjoyment, of amazement, of acknowledgement. The ritual of serving tea to people to see their reaction (and, hopefully, enjoyment) was addictive. But what attracted me additionally were the tools…now begins eternal search for the ultimate tea-making tools.


In upcoming posts, I'll show you some of the things I've collected.


no umami no life

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