Recently, Lin Yi has been busy with establishing a space called ZIYO 子遊 in London. ZIYO is a space provides traditional oriental crafts and activities for someone who is interested in experiencing Chinese tea culture, guqin music lessons, flower arrangement, Kintsuki ceramic repair technique and bonsai tree service. These cultural activities are Lin Yi’s passion as well as nurturing his art and him as an artist.
The space is located in Crystal Palace, South East London. Not only will the space be providing services and cultural events, but also holding workshops.
Here are the details of ZIYO‘s traditional services currently presented:
Tea culture: we present a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to small groups. Participants are introduced to the traditions, equipment, and the preparation and drinking of high quality teas which now are available at ZIYO’s online shop.
Guqin Music Lessons: tea is our passion so as guqin music. we currently offer one-to-one lessons for the Chinese zither instrument, the Guqin. In 2003, guqin music was proclaimed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Now you can book a free lesson with ZIYO to experience this one of the oldest instrument and its meditative music- Guqin.
Flower Arrangements: traditional Chinese flower arranging, which influenced the creation of the Japanese art of flower arrangements known as Ikebana (or Kadō). We offer both lessons and a professional contract flower arrangement service for Corporate receptions and high-end homes.
Kintsugi Repair Service: Kintsugi brings a new life to a broken object. A Japanese traditional repair method used to repair broken or cracked pottery with natural lacquer dusted with gold , silver or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. We offer both a full repair service, as well as one-to-one lessons on Kintsugi repair.
Bonsai Tree Care Service: Bonsai trees, depending on the species can be high maintenance. It is a living art-form that require constant attention to maintain the shape and health of the tree. For larger collectors of Bonsai, we offer a weekly check-up and maintenance service.
Workshop Options: ZIYO is a space provides traditional oriental crafts and activities. So far ZIYO provides not only services but also runs workshops and courses of traditional oriental culture activities above. If you are interested in learning or experiencing these culture activities and crafts. Please contact us to receive more information.
Last but not least, there are some products that ZIYO carefully selects for its online shop. Here are some of the example:
A fresh tea harvested in early spring 2018 from Taiwan, or more specifically is from Shan Lin Xi 杉林溪, Nantou County.
Shan Lin Xi is a mountainous region located in the middle part of Taiwan and is famous for producing premium Oolong tea.
Taiwan has world-class high mountain Oolong, and each of them has a unique taste due to the differing growing conditions. This is why we say Shan Chi (山氣) the breath of the mountain.
Shan Lin Xi is 1,600 meters above sea level with 20°C of average temperature. The unique geography ensures the mountain receives a lot of sunlight and constant mist. As all the high mountain teas, its special qualities have been attributed to an almost continuous fog.
- Oolong Spring Green from Shan Lin Xi has distinctive clean taste and body with lingering flavour, and a crisp fresh aroma. The tea liquid is in clear light green which carries its spring taste.
- Oolong Half-Way is half roasted oolong tea. Comparing with our Oolong Spring Green, Oolong Half-Way has earthier and more robust taste with a hint of roast nutty character. the reddish brown liquid illustrates deeper flavour and body. It’s a champion in many levels.
- Oolong Old Master is full roasting over charcoal, so it contributes to its mature aroma with nutty, honey and caramel taste with lingering flavour. The body is incredibly smooth and gentle. So it is suitable for someone has a sensitive stomach.
Here is ZIYO‘s website: www.ziyo.space