The Sense of Hearing & Tea

A Person Playing the Violin

A relationship between the sense of hearing and tea may sound a bit far-fetched at first. But think of the sounds a tea lover associates with the experience of having a cup of tea. The dry tea leaves falling into the pot, the whistling of the kettle, the sharp clink of a cup being placed on a saucer, the sound of tea being poured. Sounds of domestic harmony that lulls you in to a serene isle of tranquillity, far away from all that is mundane. Doesn’t it all add up to some magical harmony of sound.

This is the idea being Tea in Five senses: the fact that we discover tea at its most sublime when tea is experienced in our fifth sense. Music inspired by the character, the mood and the complexity of tea rounds up an already near-perfect moment making it complete.

“The sounds of the tea being made invite the peach blossoms to peep in through the window.”

~ Uson, quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Saijiki