- Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in an authentic setting
- Have a go at making green tea yourself
- Learn about the history and Zen spirits of the tea ceremony
- Watch the traditional way of tea and taste matcha tea and sweets
- Learn about different teas from a tea master
- Try your hand at whisking matcha
- Enjoy a ceremony that changes each month
If you would like to wear kimono, additional fee is 3000yen per person. Please come 15-20minutes before the starting time if you would like to wear a kimono.
Why do we love this
We love that you don't just sit and watch in this tea ceremony - you'll be making and trying teas yourselves. The ceremony changes each month, according to the 'season' - the way Japanese have loved and described these ceremonies since Heian period - which we think is pretty cool!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Experience traditional Japanese culture as you delve into the history of the country's most loved beverage, tea! Called Chanoyu, Sado or Ocha, tea ceremonies are an important part of Japanese life. Get a taste of the tradition, culture and history as you watch tea masters, try whisking matcha and enjoy some classic Japnese sweets.
Your day will be divided into three parts, each stage teaching you something different about the tea ceremony process. You can also immerse yourself in Japanese culture even further and complete the ceremony wearing a kimono! This is an extra 3000yen per person and you'll need to arrive 15-20 minutes before the start time.
To start your tea experience, begin with an introduction and brief description of some of the processes and teas. You'll learn a little about the Zen spirits of the tea ceremony and its history in Japnese culture. You'll find out where matcha tea comes from, how to make it and what it tastes like.
Next, watch the tea masters show you the traditional methods for making tea, and enjoy the ritualistic and soothing motions. Each ceremony is a process of preparing, serving and mixing green tea (matcha) with different Japanese sweets and you'll have the chance to try some of these with the green tea that's prepared.
You won't only be watching the ceremony either! Get involved and learn how to greet and move as you go through the ceremony. Your host will also prepare utensils that represent Japanese seasons, which is an extra special experience.
Finally, have a go at whisking matcha tea yourself to really get a sense of the tea making process!
The tea ceremony is celebrated in the traditional way, changing each month according to the 'season', so you'll always learn something new. This is the authentic way Japanese have loved and described this process since Heian period, and these ceremonies are immortalised in their literature and history.
There's no better way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, so take a sip and dive into your Japanese adventure.
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