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Art of Living:ชีวิตหลังถ้วยชา


The history of having tea in Japan has been existing since 1191, by the Zen priest named Eisai. During 12th-13rd century, Japanese people especially Samurai and Noble people society enjoy exchanging conversation during the tea ceremony. By 16th century, “The Way of Tea” is published and since then, tea has become popular beverage all over Japan. In 1740, a noble man named “Soen Nagatani ” developed Japanese original tea “Sencha” which it has become one of Japan’s mainstay teas. (Info. from, In the Japan’s busy world, I can still find peace at a tea house or even tea time at my grandmother’s home in Nagano, which I has realized the Japanese’s Art of Living. Looking back into the history, tea has become significant influence in Japanese people’s lifestyle just like English people’s Low Tea and High Tea.

One day, I went to a tea house/cafe call Kosoan in Jiyuugaoka with my boyfriend, I saw many Japanese people of all ages had tea and conversation, with just a cup of tea and small Japanese’s dessert, the conversation could go on and on from one topic to another. It was my first time to experience peace behind the tea cup. Of course, my boyfriend and I talked, however, most of the time, we were quiet and enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful Japanese little garden and taste of tea and dessert. While I was having tea, I thought about the art of living, then, I finally found my answer that everything is all about the balance, that is how the rhythm of Japanese’s lifestyle is continue to be carried on.

To go to Kosoan, Take Tokyo-Toyoko Line to Jiyuugaoka, Kosoan is located around 10 minutes walk from the station. For more information

วิธีชีวิตของชาวญี่ปุ่นนั้นมักเกียวข้องกับศิลปะการชงชาและดื่มชา ระหว่างพิธีนั้นชาวญี่ปุ่นจะสนทนากันในหัวข้อต่างหรือถามถึงสารทุกข์สุกดิบ ถือได้ว่าชานั้นเป็นเครื่องดื่มที่ชาวญี่ปุ่นโปรดปรานเป็นอันดับต้นๆ

แม้ว่าปัจจุบันโรงชาที่มีพิธีชงชานั้น จะหาได้ยากแต่ถึงอย่างนั้นชาวญี่ปุ่นก็ยังนิยมไปดื่มชาที่ร้านชาหรือคาเฟ่ที่สงบและมีบรรยากาศรื่นรม ถึงแม้ว่าจะไม่มีพิธีรีตองในร้านชาแบบสมัยใหม่ แต่การดื่มชาให้รื่นรมและมีศิลปะนั้น ชาวญี่ปุ่นก็ยังให้ความสำคัญและใช้เวลานั้นอย่างช้าๆ ซึ่งต่างกับโลกที่วุ่นวายอย่างช่วงเวลาเร่งด่วนเหลือเกิน การได้ไปดื่มชาและได้ใช้เวลาทบทวนถึงวิธีชีวิตของชาวญี่ปุ่นซึ่งฉันได้สัมผัสระหว่างการัเรียนที่นี้นั้น ทำให้ได้คำตอบว่า ชาวญี่ปุ่นใช้ชีวิตอย่างมีสมดุล ซึ่งนำมาถึงความสงบในใจและสามารถมีสติที่จะใช้ชีวิตต่อไป


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Old Delhi by Cycle Rickshaw


I went to India in Golden week that was a fist time. I wanted to go there from long time ago but I was worry going there only myself so I joined a tour for 7 days. The first day, I got on the rickshaw in Old Deli that I really felt great and a little fearful. A lot of people, a lot of cars , a lot of sounds,etc…. I felt dizzy because if the world is a kind of big pot, I thought I was in the botom of pot with whirlpool. Japan was edge of pot. India was really melting pot which was the first experience. I felt every days like this. It was also hard travel. The temperature was 42 degrees Celsius every day. I drunk 4 bottle of water a day. When I left Japan, It was about 10 degrees Celsius that difference over 30 degrees. I completely exhausted last two days but I really was enjoyable. I definitely was in the different world.



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Japanese tea ceremony with Jirka


Jirka from Czech staying at Andon took part in our tea ceremony yesterday and he made some cups of fine green tea for us today!
He had great knowledge of Japanese and Chinese tea.He also had his own tea things and entertained us to make beautiful tea skillfully using his tea things.It was so tasty!We really enjoyed it with Japanese sweet potato : )
Thank you,Jirka!


惚れ惚れするようなよい手つきで、丁寧に淹れてくださったお茶は本当に美味しかったです : )

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Yesterday, I went to wisterias garden in Saitama prifecture.
It isn’t a big garden but very beautiful!! From one tree wisterias extends the whole garden. When I approaching it I smelled very sweet.

The tree is 1200 years old. I really suprised when I’ve heard it. Extremely tough!
But as you see the picture below it looks very old and bent. is it cause of the age?? There are also many bees. I felt unconfortable and couldn’t stay long :<

Some people don’t care but I do! Mostly big bees fly around the wisterias, so under the flowers is safe. If you don’t like bees and want to take a picture I recommend under the flowers but there are also small bees. Bee cereful ; )
And you can smile like me : )

This wieterias is natural monument and after their fully out the best season will be finished fast. I could see their best so I’m very lucky!! Yuka

昨日、藤を見に埼玉に行って来ました。牛島の藤と言われています。 そんなに大きくはありませんが、とても綺麗な藤でした。1本の木から藤の花が公園中に沢山広がって咲いていて、藤棚に近づいていくと藤の香りがすぐにわかりました。この木は樹齢1200年と聞き、とても驚きました! 木は見るからにとても古そうで曲がっていましたが、始めからなのでしょうか・・・。  そこには沢山の蜂もいました:〈 私は苦手なので残念ながら長く居ることができませんした。大きな蜂は藤棚の周りを飛んでいて、小さな蜂は花の下を飛んでいるので私の様に蜂が苦手な方は写真を撮る時、花の下で撮ることをお勧めします!



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I went to Kamakura this Monday with my friend. It was crowded very much because of Golden Week. You can see how much crowded from the picture :)
First we went to restrant for the lunch. All were very delicious in the dish from the vegetables in Kamakura.
Please try Kamakura-vegetables when you go there!

And then we went to the “Tsuruoka Hachiman-gu” to see the sprout of the ginkgo tree.
At the left of its stairway stood a 1000-year old ginkgo tree, which was uprooted by a storm in the early hours of March 10, 2010. I am very sorry about it but new sprouts are growing up! I hope that there are growing up very well.
Do you know that there is very famouse power spot ;)


Next, we went to Yuigahama beach and walked on the beach. It was not cold weather so we enjoyed at there! We went to the bar near the beach because we had become tired walking too much!
This bar was in front of the beach so it was very nice location and had drinking a lot :p


After drinking, we went to see a huge statue of Buddha. He makes me calm. I took many pictures of buddha from various angles. I set my mobile-phone screen in the stand-by display of buddha! hehehe

鎌倉といえば、鎌倉の大仏様。いろんな角度からパシャパシャとカメラをとりまくりです。私の携帯の待ち受けも、、大仏様(*^^)v へへへ。

It takes about one and half hour from the Andon to Kamakura and it’s quite different from Tokyo. Also we went to Yokohama after visit to there.
It’s near the Yokohama so I recommend to visit to Yokohama as well :)


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