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Tea Ceremony by heeeeman Tea Ceremony by heeeeman
Our Chajin performing tea ceremony while in Kyoto, Japan.
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nichicatseven Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Knowing nothing of the technical aspects of photography, I am unqualified to give a critique and yet I still hope my commentary helps. 

I am instantly drawn to the picture. Seeing the Chajin performing the ritualistic functions of the tea ceremony fills me with nostalgia. I like the contrast of the light and shadow, the concentration of her face and the slight tension of her body as she goes through the motions. Her kimono and accessories convey a feeling of quiet confidence, elegance and simplicity, which is reinforced by the presence of the furo, kama, hishaku and other items. This frozen snapshot of a singular moment in time is timeless in itself that but for technology looks as if it could have been taken anywhere between yesterday and a hundred years before.

Again, I know nothing of photography but I thank you for sharing this. As fantastic as more glamorous shots of traditional aspects of Japanese culture may seem to others (of which I am a fan), this has a quiet beauty of it's own for the way it highlights the interplay between light and shadow and emphasizes the value of something so seemingly simple having many layers. Although I am only one person and not very important in the grand scheme of things, this one photo has led me to follow you because I feel as if I've found something infinitely worthwhile without knowing exactly what that is. 

Regards.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment! Don't see that very often anymore here.
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Awesome!!~
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Real nice picture, so expresive the way she is looking at, real nice. I have always wondered, what does it taste like? Bitter, sour, mild, sweet...?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Tea Ceremony tea is famous for being very bitter. As such it's become a custom in such ceremonies to serve a red-bean filled Japanese sweet beforehand to offset the bitterness. If you do it all correctly there are rules for every aspect for the ceremony, including how you hold and eat your sweet.
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I guess that is why they call it CEREMONY. I once saw a tea ceremony demonstration, but could not understand it. I did not know that even the one drinking the tea had to learn a protocol. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
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gnohz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautiful. I can feel tradition just by looking at this :heart:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thankyou :)
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gnohz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Most welcome! :w00t:
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Marilz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   Writer
I like your gallery :blowkiss:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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lowman-x Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010   General Artist
A fantastic shot. Your muted colours, heavy contrast and choice of lighting lend a level of quiet seriousness to the image that is reminiscent of the Japanese people themselves.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it :)
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MoonroadProductions Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I like the way the light hits her.
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xSixty-3ight Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
This is something I truly wish to see someday. :)
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
I hope you do :)
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MiyabiHara Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ah yes.. beautiful photo. brings back memories.. ^^
i hated to do this, it was long and complicated.. ><
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
haha yeah, its not something I would do in my spare time
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MiyabiHara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
seconded! haha..
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's a great snapshot of the ceremony! That's just perfect in the way she's working it, you caught it at such a great moment.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely photo ^_^
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :D
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skylineblack Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Ive actually want to go to one of these. I hear that they do still do them, not only in Japan but in the US... Just that i hear that they are hard to find
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
No idea about the US, but you can find them fairly easily in Japan if you ask the right people.
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ChiBStudio Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
nah. Not really in the US.
-_-

I've only seen them at anime cons....
^^;


-I always wanted to see/be in one.
I've also always wondered the trick to sitting like that. Whenever I do, my feet fall asleep and it hurts!
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zerreitug Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
wow, almost like a shot from the medieval japan age ;)
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
It was!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a lovely thing to watch
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
do
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
due dew do dieu
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Denicepatrick Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting photo! :)
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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