Today may be a good time to share these 2 videos I shot this winter. At first, I felt the grave, beautiful Requiem music (by Doulce Mémoire) may be too much 'bordering the mystical'! But on this day of rest and remembrance, I think they caught a fitting mood.
The tea ceremony starts like an ancient rite, a sacrifice. The leaves meet boiling water, trapped in a white gaiwan. (In China, white is a symbol for death). The slow and careful gestures add gravity, capture our attention and rest the mind.
In the second part, bright colors fill the white cups. In their ultimate death, the leaves give their best flavors. Death and life are part of the same cycle... Tea is then a further source of comfort. We can drink it in a way of communion, absorbing the 'spirit', the energy of that plant.
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.