I just found out I won the T Ching Photo Contest with this old photo I took during a Japanese tea ceremony – the prize is…more teaware, YAY!
Incidentally, the lady here was the “substitute teacher” and was particularly fierce. In fact, I snapped this shot with trembling hands on the sly (hence shaky figure) and immediately got told off for not being respectful. I remember how she liked to suck in her breath very hard every time I spilled something (and I was/am a spiller).
But oh well, it all worked out – if that tea teacher hadn’t been so scary, I wouldn’t have been able to unintentionally produce such an exotic image full of mystique :P
Update: here’s my cool prize – a tree-themed clay teapot set (wooden tray is from Muji)