A little over a year ago I began a project to photograph some of the traditional aspects of Japan. I kicked the whole thing off with Japanese tea ceremony and a few photographs of women who practice the craft.
In the last year, I have come to be well acquainted with these women as well as a larger group of people who practice tea ceremony. In addition to referrals, more work, and an expanded network, the result has been regular invitations to various tea ceremony affairs, large and small.
These invites have provided me with numerous opportunities to attend tea ceremony-related events and have allowed me to build up quite the collection of photos. And instead of leaving all of these images on my hard drive never to be seen or heard from again, I've decided to share a few here on the blog.
The photos below come from a small occasion this past January marking the first tea ceremony gathering of the new year.