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名字:瓊斯史迪芬Steven R. Jones, 網址: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/

5/28/2006

http://www.wangtea.com.tw/

有記名茶精製廠位於早期台灣茶業集散重鎮的大稻埕區《台北市重慶北路2段64巷26號》,古樸的紅磚房,前面是綠蔭參天的公園,陣陣撲鼻茶香日夜吸引過往的行人。以數代傳承的經驗,負責人常赴各茶區選茶,先選定優良茶種,再經選枝、去渣(篩除茶角與碎片)、焙火、拼堆的過程,以四季如一的最佳品質,把產品推荐給消費者。有謂:「茶為君,火為臣」,可知火候對茶葉後天品質,有絕對關聯。也因為對焙火﹝不論清香或濃味﹞的重視,所推出的各級茶種,才能在行家享有極高的口碑。
http://www.wangtea.com.tw/
有記名茶

5/23/2006

靜謐茶之香



Kyoto,Japan Tea&Incense Performance

[京都:無我茶會,茶道,香道]

正木義完家元

Tranquil Scents of Tea 靜謐茶之香

Herin Tea Troupe
和韻茶會

presents
Tranquil Scents of Tea
靜謐茶之香

written and produced by:
Steven R. Jones & Chang, Li-Hsiang
(5/11/06) revised spelling censer(7/25/06)
作者: 瓊斯史迪芬 & 張麗香

This presentation will attempt to show the wonders and the many facets of tea aroma or the “Tranquil Scents of Tea”. Time is always moving so are the scents of tea changing. From the beginning before brewing until the tea is gone still there are the scents of tea in the air yet different from the beginning. And the heating of the censer, “incense burner” the tea changes scents. During this performance, the tea brewing methodology used is based on the “Lu-Yu Small Pot Tea Laws”, (陸羽小壺茶法). The tea incense heating methodology is based on the “Stoneware Chip Method”, by “Master Lin, Rai-Hsian” (老師 林瑞萱 ) from the, “Zuowang Valley Tea Lore Center”, ( 坐忘谷茶道中心 ). The two Teas used will be: Iron Mercy Goddess ( 鐵觀音茶 ), and Osmanthus Oolong ( 桂花烏龍茶 ). Both Teas will be used for heating tea incense and brewing tea. Either by brewing or by using tea as incense, the very essence of the tea can be experienced even without a single sip taken.


Moist Warmed teapot, with dry tea
A hot water warmed teapot will have traces of water and steam that will interact with the tea and give it an enhanced scent.


The infusion, (Dance of the leaves)
The brewed tea freshly pour will also have a different character scent. This is usually the tea scent we smell when we are in the area of some people drinking tea. As the tea brews and interacts with the elements in the water the tea releases its scents through infusion and steam from the hot water.

Cup, emptied
By holding the nose close to the cup while sniffing; also by rolling the cup in ones hand and letting the liquid traces flow around the cup will help to release the tea's scent, and then sniffing.


Tea Incense ( 茶香 )
Heat dry tea using censer or a incense burner ( 香爐). Using tea as an incense to sniff is an excellent way to experience tea. Through the ages many things have been used as incense, dry tea can also be used as an incense, thus "tea incense". Passing the censer around a few times and sharing by describing and listening to others while trying to define the different scents as the tea releases its scents as it changes temperatures by the heat of the odorless charcoal. It’s important to understand that “Tea Incense” is pure unused tea of good quality, taken from the same canister, box, or bag of tea that has been bought for drinking.

The sense of smell can triggers memory recollections, experienced scents, and even abstract descriptions to try to define the scent in words. Tea for years has been appreciated not only its tastes, but for its fragrance, aroma, or “scents”. Teas have different scents depending on the variety, processing, age, quality, and character of the tea.

As the tea scents meander and spiral away from the tea, it is like a mountain stream moving away from its source sometimes slowing almost to a stand still and sometimes speeding up and even rushing over a rocky falls. One thing remains constant and that is its overall motion is tranquil moving down the mountain. Another analogy is the clouds in the sky moving fast or slowly yet again one thing is constant, the tranquil moving and shape changing of the sky ever so quietly ever so unhurried.


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茶香秋夢
寧靜
茶香之美是以各種不同的姿態展視出它迷人的茶之香‥
焙之香→隔火薰茶──欣賞茶乾香氣;也就是在乾燥的灰中埋藏點燃的炭,圍在中心作一個傳達熱氣的火窗,其上放置雲母片再放上茶葉使容易傳熱的雲母片,經由炭火的熱氣將茶香散發出來,欣賞鐵觀音的堅果香。

浪漫
湯前之香→壺?熱之後將茶葉放入壺裡,籍著壺內的熱氣烘托茶香,香氣更
明顯的提昇了,而壺中所散發的茶之香也?是令人醉戀。

鐵觀音
品茗、欣賞茶湯之香→茶湯倒於杯內,茶湯顏色猶如即將飄落的秋葉,聞其香;茶香飄然入鼻,品茗時啜入一口茶後含於口中,成漩渦打轉讓香氣經由口鼻享受其茶香,待熱氣過後再聞其香氣,其香的層次與感覺都會不一樣,聞其香氣這也是尋香佳法?

神彩飄逸
賞聞杯底之香→賞聞杯底留香時稍?動杯子幾圈再聞杯底的留香將可
聞其隱微的陣陣飄香的冷香之風韻,

溫文爾雅
日常生活之中原本就充滿著各種香氣,品賞一杯茶當茶香泗溢飄散開來時,生命頓時充滿了濃濃的感動,這就是茶迷人而富有魅力的地方。
鐵觀音茶骨重如鐵,其色紅褐猶如一位沉穩雅士;其韻溫文爾雅。
參考→香道入門,中國茶道,
作者
張麗香,3/21/06
和韻茶會
瓊斯史迪芬, 張麗香, 徐維琳, 林雨青


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Tang Dynasty tea ceremony in L.A.

this was sent to me and i am posting it here.
it sounds like a great event and learning experience.
----- Original Message -----
From: アジア文化?際交流?
To: Mr. Steven
Re-creation of Tang Dynasty tea ceremony by an expert from Kyoto,Jun.25

A re-creation of tea ceremony from the Tang Dynasty(618-900 AD) will be

Cinducted by Chinese culture expert Mr. Kouhou TANAHASHI of Kyoto, on

Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at New Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo.

English translation will be provided.

Tanahashi will demonstrate the tea ceremony of the Tang dynasty when

Chinese tea ceremony originated. The demonstration will use tea Tanahashi

produced from methods of that era along with his reproduction of original

utensils.

His lecture will also include historical background about China and how

people enjoyed tea in Tang period.

In 1987, Chinese archeologists unearthed approximately 900 valuable cul-

tural icons of the Chinese Court from Famen-si Temple, including Buddha’s

ashes and gold and silver utensils. The tea utensils were dedicated at Famen-

si Tmple in 873.

Famen-si Temple, located near Xian City in Shaanxi Province, was originally

Constructed during the Eastern Han Dynasty(22-220 AD).It became the prayer

temple of successive emperors and led a wave of prosperity. It was destroyed

and rebuilt multiple times.

The excavated tea utensils were used at the court and provided the key to

proving the origins of the Lu Yu tea ceremony of the Tang dynasty.

Tanahashi, who established the International Certification of Culture of Chinese

Tea and the Organization of Chinese Tea Ceremony, has given lectures and

demonstrations across Japan. June 25 event is his first lecture and demonstra-

tion outside of Japan.

“Much mystery remains regarding the art of Tang Dynasty tea ceremony. But

I hope that more people will be able to learn more about and come to appreciate

Chinese tea ceremony, “ Tanahashi said. “I think Japanese tea ceremony may

have its roots in Chinese tea ceremony.”

Tickets are $30. For further information, call Okumura at(323)728-1990 or

Kichimi at(818)547-1122.



(by newpaper of “southern California” )

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     『 清香?韻-清らかな香りは?の余韻- 』

“私たち泡茶道篁峰?は中?茶文化の?展と?際化に貢?します。”

 

 日本?中?泡茶道篁峰?

 TANAHASHI KOHO

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 〒602-8341

 京都市上京?七本松通一?下ル三軒町65-1

 シティハイツ北野403? アジア文化?際交流??

 TEL:075-465-2441 FAX:075-465-2440

 E-mail:acicc@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp

 http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/acicc

5/20/2006

Books



There are some good books on tea lore or "culture/ceremonies" that are
mostly Chinese/Taiwanese related, not Japanese related. I love and
enjoy Japanese tea lore, its roots of course are in China but the
Japanese have preserved many of the almost lost Chinese traditions,
yes I said Chinese traditions as well as adding and perfecting and
cultivating wonder world of tea. The reason I give you this list is
that the Japanese tea ceremonies as a whole are very formal and are a
metaphysical and art performance but also can be range from religious
philosophical and personal enlightenment, just to say a few. The
Chinese or Taiwanese tea ceremonies of today can also be almost just
as formal but mostly focus around making a good cup of tea, not to say
this is trivial at the least. Also tea is used throughout China,
Taiwan, and England as a vehicle for communication, my own saying is
"tea is our bridge", it is can be enjoyed while engaging in communication.

Tea books.

Chinese Art of Tea
John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld
Paperback / Shambhala Pubns / February 1997 / 1570622795

Chinese Medicinal Teas: Simple, Proven, Folk Formulas for Common
Diseases & Promoting Health
Gary Liscum, Xiao-Fan Zong, Bob Flaws (Editor)
Paperback / Blue Poppy Pr / June 1996 / 0936185767

Beauty of Chinese Yixing Teapots: And the Finer Arts of Tea Drinking
Lim Kean Siew
Hardcover / Times Editions / March 2001 / 9812320822

Yixing Pottery: The World Of Chinese Tea Culture, 1st Edition
Chunfang Pan
Hardcover / 77 Pages / Long River Pr / August 2004 / 159265018X

Vietnamese and Chinese Ceramics Used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
Hiromu Honda, Noriki Shimazu
Hardcover / Oxford Univ Pr / March 1993 / 0195886070

Not All Teas Are Created Equal: A Mingcha Guide to Premium Chinese Tea
Lee Kwan
Paperback / 64 Pages / Lee Kwan Tea Trade Ltd / March 2004 / 9628610910

Over A Cup Of Tea: An Introduction To Chinese Life And Culture
Jing Luo
Paperback / Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc / August 2004 / 0761829377

Chinese Tea Culture
Wang Ling
Paperback / Foreign Languages Pr / December 2000 / 7119021443

Chinese Ceramic Tea Vessels: The K.S. Collection, Flagstaff House
Museum Of Tea Ware.
Kam-Chuen, Ho (Preface); Lo, K.S. (Foreword) Urban Council, Hong Kong
Hardcover / 9622151000

A Passage To Chinese Tea
Lim Hock Lam
Hardcover / 9839948806

The Chinese Art Of Tea.
China -- Tea Ceremony]. Blofeld, John.
Hardcover / 0043940021

Origins Of Chinese Tea And Wine
Qiu Yao Hong
Paperback / 9812293698


---icetea

Some good info on learning Chinese.

Here is the site below.
Learn Chinese Online
Romanized spelling system of Chinese - Pinyin
The phonological system of the modern standard language in Chinese, Putonghua or Guoyu, can be represented by letters. Of all the letters of English alphabet, 25 letters are used for Pinyin. Letter 'v' is not used, while letter '?' is added to represent the vowel sound 'yu'.
Consonant letters
There are 20 consonant letters use in Putonghua. Letter 'V' is not used. Three consonants are represented by combinations of two letters - 'zh', 'ch' and 'sh':
b p m f d t n l g k h j q x z c s zh ch sh r y w