Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Japanese tea ceremony, 1932

Sydney Chaplin is at far left, Toraichi Kono at far right. 
"More than anything I saw in Japan, the tea ceremony revealed to me the character and soul of the nation- perhaps not of modern Japan, but the Japan of yesterday...Each movement is studied to create tranquillity. Not a sound is made during the preparation. Not a gesture is unnecessary. You watch in silence the beautiful preparation. In the sanctity of peace you refresh your troubled mind in liquid jade." (Charlie Chaplin, "A Comedian Sees The World, Part V", A Woman's Home Companion, January 1934)

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