Please check part 1 here if you had not read it yet!
The next one is Japanese Tea ceremony, one of the most remarkable aspect of Japan’s traditional culture. As explained in the previous blog, although tea did not originate from Japan, Japanese valued it so much they came up with a way to prepare and serve tea. From ancient time, Japanese people have payed respect to people and the nature around them. Serving someone tea means you cherish your guest and the relationship with them. Traditionally, tea ceremony took place in a narrow room where the host and guests sit fairly slow to each other. This emphasizes your intention to narrow the gap between you and your guests.
Before, one never enter the tea room from the front door, but a small door in the back. There are two reasons for this. Back in the time, it was normal to bring weapons such as swords with you all the time. Entering from the back door required one to leave their weapons outside due to the door size. Once inside, both the hosts and guests could enjoy a cup of tea peacefully. In addition, one needed to bowed and lower their body in order to go through the door, hence, one’s social status and class was no longer matter, everyone would be treated equally inside the tea room.
These are the must-have items in a tea room.
Hang-in scroll with today’s theme or reason written; and seasonal flowers.
Guests are provided with light snacks while the host is preparing the tea. The snacks are usually wagashi (Japanese style sweet), although rice cracker and other types can also be served.
I love sweet and wagashi in general, so if you asked me was it good or not, my answer is YES. Many people think wagashi is too sweet, especially the beautiful one, but this Chrysanthemum was an exception.
Nowadays, each guest is served one cup of tea. However, back in the old time, one cup of tea was shared among the guests as they were mostly samurai, who shared a close bond with each other.
The combination of the beautiful scenery, and the harmonious match between the green color in your cup and the vibrant color of the wagashi, deliver you a living picture of Japanese traditional culture. On top of that, you can experience the sound of nature, the taste of matcha, the sweetness from the snack, and more than anything, the omotenashi (hospitality) spirit of Japanese people through just one tea ceremony.
Located in the traditional Kabuki town in Ginza, this 1-hour-tour will teach you everything you need to know about Japanese tea ceremony. In addition, you will be able to prepare the tea by yourself!
Price: 3500 yen/person
ps. Since the room is quite dark, I couldn’t take any good quality photos for this blog. If you are interested, please check out this youtube clip. Tea ceremony is pretty awesome;)
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