You might remember Anshii Sung, the Onggi Master, from this Guest post way back in 2012…
Anshi Sung makes his own clay, hand throws all of his pieces on a kick wheel, and wood fires them in a 250 year old climbing kiln built by the Jesuits. His work is some of the highest quality ceramic I’ve used and he truly elevates functional onngi pieces into an art-form.
It’s been a long 5 years years since I was in Korea.
I missed the food, I missed the tea, and most of all – I missed the people. I could not have been happier to see my friends Mr Hong (Tea Master Hyoam), Brother Anthony, Anshi Sung (the Onggi ceramic Master), and Mr Jang (Inje University) again.
Hiking 233 meters over 4 hours in 90 degree and 90% humidity to brew tea on the top of an ancient Shinto shrine? This is extreme ChaXi.
The Fushimi shrine is made up of more than 30,000 tori gates, and the path up the mountain winds its way past thousands of smaller sub shrines.
It may just have been this crab-back. The meat had been pulled from the rest of the crab, coated in miso-butter, and we cooked it until brown and caramelized on a small grill.
I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have great friends around the world. There are few greater joys than to see old friends in the excitement of travel.
The joy is magnified when the friend is a fellow 茶人.
This was just my experience visiting Tokyo and Emily Huang. Emily – this post is dedicated to you.