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seven rules

Arrange flowers as if they are growing in the field
Lay the charcoal so that it heats the water well
In the summer, suggest coolness
In the winter, warmth
Be ready ahead of time
Prepare for rain just in case
Treat guests with the utmost consideration

Sen no Rikyu's "Seven Rules for the Way of Tea" (cited in Kenya Hara's White) also make for appropriate resolutions for a gentle new year.

Photograph by Johanna Tagada

tender attempts

“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”

— Kakuzo Okakura