The lid of the clear soup was decorated with the design of pine needles and the soup itself had a most delicate taste with a pine nut sunken in its dark depths.
The lady re-entered the room, with a square wooden tray of deep-fried seasonal fish and green peppery vegetables.
We admired the elegance of the tearoom and the calligraphy hanging in the alcove.
The lady performed a ritual purification of the tea caddy, tea scoop and chawan, then with a bamboo ladle, she drew hot water from the kettle
She whisked for each of us a fine bowl of matcha tea. After this we were allowed to see the black lacquered tea caddy decorated with flecks of gold and the tea scoop.
Joukeian 浄敬庵 (website) is a tea room tucked away
between Sennyu-ji temple and Tofuku-ji temple in the Higashiyama ward of Kyoto.
Various forms are chanoyu tea gatherings are available by appointment.