Another Japanese element that is even more imitated is the sense of zen like simplicity and beauty. Below, is the first Cha Xi I made this weekend:
Cha Xi - Mandala, Teaparker has proposed the mandala as a unifying concept for all Chinese tea displays. The mandala is a picture of a harmonious world. Similarly, for the brewer, the Cha Xi is his world for the time he's brewing tea. Each item has its function, has its place in his display. Depending one the tea that is chosen, we choose the wares that will best bring out the flavors, mood of this tea.
For roasted Oolong, for instance, we achieve the best results with the Chaoshan gongfu cha method. This is why I'm using a zhuni teapot and small 'ivory' dragon cups from De Hua.
The Cha Xi transforms tea into a liquid art, enjoyed by body and soul!