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tea and onsen | 12/01/05

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Exhausted from cold water surfing. Remove the wetsuit and rinse off in the shower. Have some food while the bath warms up. Boil the kettle for tea.

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A unique place with particular qualities and a good book.

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The bath is not about getting clean. It is a sensory experience, like a fireplace.

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The body relaxes as the core temperature rises. After the bath, more food. This time with good beer. Perhaps the ultimate process.

tea lantern and tea cups – float glassware by molo, designed by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen
tub – built by Stephanie + Todd
table – solid piece of red cedar hand split from a 6 ft diameter flotsam log by Stephanie + Todd using a traditional indigenous method on a BC west coast beach
book – Sacred Balance by David Suzuki