The tea ceremony in Japan and the chance of a meeting
Kyoto in the 70s: a young Frenchman learns about the tea ceremony at Madame Yamamoto's. The ceremony begins. We are awaiting the arrival of one of the participants, Shimizu-san. She tells the young man his first name: Ichie (ichie, "a meeting") and adds another word: ichigo ("a coincidence"). Ichigo ichie, the chance of a meeting over tea. The young man then meets Miya, Ichie's sister. After a few weeks of Ichie not showing up at the tea ceremony, the young man's footsteps lead him to Miya's apartment, and he senses a mystery surrounding the young woman. When he sees Ichie again, she reveals to him in secret that Miya is "disturbed". Later, Ichie will visit the young man, reveal the tragic family secret to him, and the two young persons’ love affair will be enshrined in a somewhat special tea ceremony. Everything is in the style, in the atmosphere, in the feeling of strangeness and fascination that the young man feels and which is communicated to the reader, and in the conduct of the story, skilfully put together. One thinks of the film by Tatsushi Ômori, Every Day A Good Day, with the impressive mistress of ceremonies embodied by Kirin Kiki, recently deceased, and also Thousand Cranes by Kawabata Yasunari.
From the Author of the appreciated Lettres d'Ogura.
Hubert Delahaye spent his professional life at the Collège de France in the field of sinology. He was attached to the Chair of Social and Intellectual History of China by Jacques Gernet then at the Institutes of the Far East as Lecturer. It was only natural that he was also interested in the neighbors Japanese, these islanders so close to the Chinese and at the same time so different ...