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Ishigaki, Okinawa JAPAN
Teahouse Shima (2022)
In the way of tea, one abides by the following principles:
和 WA (harmony) = to open our hearts to one another.
敬 KEI (respect) = to respect one another.
清 SEI (purity) = to maintain purity at the place where you are and in your heart.
寂 JAKU (tranquility) = not to become upset.
In this spirit, any place can be a teahouse. It doesn’t have to have walls. More than
anything, a teahouse is a state of mind. The Kanekos sometimes think Ishigaki is a
teahouse, and you might think of the islands of the Philippines in the same way.
Usually, though, a teahouse is a small, confined structure. You could even feel it’s
something like a prison cell. (“Shima” means island.)
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