Chanoyu: A bowl of tea draws hearts together *RERUN
Sen-no-Rikyu (1522-1591) began the "chanoyu," or tea ceremony that is practiced today, 400 years ago. His simple, rustic "wabi" philosophy is still discernable in the designs, movements and mindset. In Uji, Kyoto, the year's first shoots from shaded tea plants are ground into a fine powder to make the "koicha" tea used in the ceremonies. Artisans use time-honored methods to craft the "chanoyu" utensils. People immerse themselves in this art in which each bowl of tea is considered a once in a lifetime encounter.