Cha-do, the Japanese "Way of Tea", is neither ancient nor exotic, neither sacred nor profane.
In fact, it is extremely ordinary, orderly and essential.
In practice, it is "simply" making sure you have properly heated the water for the tea, literally cha-no-yu.
In its atmosphere of heightened awareness and hospitality, host and guest ultimately transpose roles and unite. It is this very give-and-receive dynamic exchange that makes the world a wonderful place.
I have begun creating a map of classic Kyoto Sweet Shops and would like folks to add to it. I'm not being very fancy at this point, but would like to ultimately have an annotated description (images, history, etc.) of the great sweets that have accompanied chanoyu over time. All submissions are welcome. Here's the link.
The list to date includes: