The tea master, Sen no Rikyū, took it upon himself to carve his own tea scoops. The tea scoop is often considered the quintessential tea utensil used in a tea ceremony. Kyokko Kaida (b. 1946) carefully selects raw bomboo materials that possess intriguing characteristics or origins. The qualities of the bamboo itself inspire his tea scoops. Each piece has a poetic title and underscores the tea ceremony. The antique shifuku—the silk bag used for storing the tea scoop—is the work of textile artist Shoko Ueda, Kaida's wife.
The Essence of ImperfectionWabi Sabi at Ippodo Gallery 26 Oct - 22 Nov 2017Wabi Sabi Shoko Aono The call of the evening cicada that signals the approach of autumn, a lonely plain of eulalia grass, a moss-covered rock, a simple teahouse… The Japanese philosophy of wabi and sabi derives from a close affinity with nature and an abiding love for the changes created...Read more