Friday, May 24, 2013

Tea for the gods

From a wonderful book, a wonderful passage about a fisherman family living on the shores of Lake Kasumigaura in the 1920s:

We always got up in the dark, and the first thing we did was make tea. When it was ready, my father would say, "Now let's give the gods their tea." First came the gods, then the humans. He'd set a cup of hot tea in the prow.

—Mellow Monk


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