Soshin Kimura: On Mitate

Blurring the line between performing arts and the art of living

WORDS BY MIDORI FURUHATA

TOKYO — PERFORMANCE — Issue 8

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You could say the Japanese tea ceremony is a sophisticated game of hospitality, or esprit, that can be enjoyed via sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. The serendipity of Mitate in  a tea ceremony is not just a question of formality—it is a question of making an effort to be creative. Mitate presents an occasion for enjoying yourself alongside companions, or once-in-a-lifetime encounters, in any place and with any person you meet. Regardless of how casual the style is, it is important to be able to entertain and be entertained, and to bring yourself closer to the various utensils, tools, and objects used in the tea ceremony. In doing so, you create space to form all sorts of...

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Soshin Kimura ©KITCHEN MINORU, Hoshinkai

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