One of my favorite children’s books is “Fu Finds a Way.” It is about a hasty Chinese boy who learns “purpose, flow and patience” by pouring nine perfect rounds of tea.
The photo above by Antonio Viva seems the visual representation of these principles put into practice. It is not just about an afternoon pick-me-up. This is a tea designed to engage all the senses. The beauty of the contrasting yet complementary hues, the richness and variety of the textures – both natural and refined – shows that someone was paying attention to the whole experience. So seemingly simple a scene. And yet, it has the power to stop me in my tracks and slowly, purposefully, take it all in.