Every move at the Japanese tea ceremony came with choreographed precision: the scooping of the powdered green tea into a handmade cup, the stirring with a bamboo whisk and the serving.
"This is an aesthetic discipline," said Dorian Hunter, explaining a ceremony last week at Cal State Fullerton. "It's very respectful, very authentic."
The ceremony marked the opening of the university's exhibit "Tea Party" in the library's Atrium Gallery. The exhibit, running through Dec. 16, includes a display of tea-inspired arts and traditions. There are books, a Dresden teapot, a Yixing teapot, Chinese cups and Italian utensils.
Tea master Soyu Koizumi of the Orange County chapter of the School of Urasenke and some of her students performed the ceremony Friday. Their stage resembled a traditional tearoom, with a bamboo vase holding wildflowers, a kama (kettle) brewing the tea and a scroll that read in Japanese: "Not even one speck of cloud is in the sky."