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A Celebration of Tea: A Monk Sips Tea

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 13 December 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This image is part of a short series, A Celebration of Tea, which began here.

As I mentioned earlier, of course the Japanese enjoy many kinds of tea, not only the matcha used in the formal tea ceremony. Here the autumn sun visits a temple and picks out a monk's well-loved teapot, bringing to mind a poem by Japan's greatest haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō, written in the fall of 1690:

朝茶飲む僧静かなり菊の花

A monk sips morning tea,
it’s quiet,
the chrysanthemum’s flowering.

NIKON D300 1/40 second F/5.6 ISO 200 84 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
1/40 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
84 mm (35mm equiv.)

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