The tea ceremony in Japan and the chance of a meeting
The story is written in the first person. A young Frenchman learns about the tea ceremony at Mrs. Yamamoto. The ceremony begins and all the details are described. We awaits the arrival of a young woman, Shimizu-san, who is due to attend. She's late, but finally she arrives, and the ceremony continues. When it ends, the two young men walk together. She tells the young man his first name: Ichie (to pronounce Itchié, ichie wants say "tea") and she adds another word: ichigo ("meeting"). Ichigo ichie, the coincidence of a meeting around tea. Everything is said in small touches. The young man meets Miya, Ichie's sister. After a few weeks of Ichie not showing up at the tea ceremony, the footsteps of young man lead him to Miya's apartment, and there begins a sort of mystery on the personality of the young woman. Ichie, when he sees her again, seems upset that the young man has gone to his sister's house and secretly reveals to her that Miya is "disturbed". More late, Ichie will take the plunge. She will go to the young man, reveal to him the tragic secret of family, and the love agreement between the two young people will be consecrated by a tea ceremony little special. We can see from this story that these are not shattering adventures. It's all 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, skillfully arranged.
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 ...