Japanese tea ceremony

By Yoshi, December 16, 2010

The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called “Sado” (茶道, さどう). The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called “Otemae” (おてまえ, お手前). Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.

One day I visited the house, holding “Japanese tea ceremony” lessons. The teacher put powdered green tea called “Maccha” in “Chawan” (ちゃわん, 茶碗). Pour the hot water from the “Kama” into “Chawan”. And stir with the “Chasen” (ちゃんせん, 茶筅).

After eating Japanese sweets called “Chagashi” (ちゃがし, 茶菓子), we drink the tea.


When we drink the tea, we have some rules.
- Bow and recieve the “chawan” with the right hand, and place it on the palm of the left hand. Rotate the “chawan” clockwise three times with the right hand.
- After drinking the tea, wipe the part of the “chawan” witch the lips touched with the right hand, and rotate the “chawan” counterclockwise, then return it to the host. etc…

Beginners like me might feel nervous for many rules, but the host’s preparing and serving tea’s behavior is so beautiful and we can feel calm in the tea room.
It’s kind of “the spirit of Zen” expricence!

And Tea bowl are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. look this beautiful tea bowl:) We can enjoy the season as well.

you are not good at kneeling on your knees? Me neither.
The teacher said “you’re not expected to do that” :)

Some hotels & places hold “Tea ceremony”, please try it!