Bamboo tea whisks, known as chasen 茶筅, are delicately crafted tools which produce many a fine cup of tea. On occasion, memorial services are given to those whisks who have retired from service. In Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture on June 4, 2010, I witnessed as a small group of devotees to the art of making tea bid farewell to their whisks which were sent off through a ritual burning.
Outside a soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurant we find tin boxes with wooden handles. These are used for home deliveries. Continue reading
The Wajima morning (fish) market in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular tourist destination. Held on the main shopping street the market opens at 8 a.m. and finishes by noon. Of course, as the saying goes, hayaoki wa san mon no toku 早起きは三文の徳 (“The early bird catches the worm”), so to get the freshest fish you have to arrive early. Not as widely known though is that aside from main market is a smaller fish market held for the locales in the precincts of a shrine.