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Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience with a Urasenke Master

Discover the spirit of “Zen” Buddhism though tea ceremony.

  Price ¥3,000〜

①Shared tea ceremony:¥3000 per person
②Private tea cceremony:¥6000 per person
※ If you come alone for the private:¥8640.

【Option】 Kimono wearing 3000yen/person
*Please come 30 minutes before the start time of the tea ceremony.

  Duration 45 min
  Hours of availability

①11:45〜
②13:00〜
③14:15〜
④15:30〜
⑤16:45〜

  Inclusions

【Shared tea ceremony】
・Introduction about tea ceremony in English
・2 kinds of light tea & Japanese cookies
・Lesson of making powdered green tea by yourselves

【Private】
・Introduction about tea ceremony in English
・Thick tea(you can change to light tea if you would like) and light tea, and Japanese cookies, Japanese fresh sweets.
・Lesson of making powdered green tea (light one) by yourselves

  Exclusions

・Alcohol
・Transportation costs

  Participants 1-8 people (If you come in one group, we can accept 20 people)

Meeting Point

37 Nishi-Goshonouchi-cho Kinugasa Kita-ku Kyoto city

Overview

The custom of drinking tea considerably contributes to the formation of Japanese culture. We are familiar with powdered green tea used for sweets like cookies, parfaits or Japanese rice cakes nowadays. By the way, where tea leaves came from? And how they expanded in Japan? In tea ceremony, we drink pure Matcha, not putting sugar or milk in it. Don’t you think it will be great experience to drink Matcha in a Japanese tea room turning our thoughts towards the long history?
Tea leaves came from the south of China in the late 8century. In Heian period (794-1192), it was only noblemen or upper class priest who could drink tea.
In the late 15th century, Murata Shuko (1423-1502) created the simplified tea ceremony. He said he “doesn’t like the moon without any clouds”. From his word, we can feel the spirit of Cha-do. For example, we like unbalanced tea bowls made in Japan more than Chinese potteries of symmetry. Takeno Jouou (1502-1555) inherited this spirits and in 16th century, one of his students Senno Rikyu (1422-1591) perfected the way of tea, which became gradually popular among Samurai. This is the famous poem expressing his spirit. “To those who long only for flowers in full bloom, I would show the spring of young shoots pushing through snow in a mountain village”. We can feel the power in the silence from this poem. You might be able to feel the spirit by seeing the way of tea and having powdered green tea in a calm Japanese tea room made of tatami.
*Urasenke: one of the biggest tea school in Japan.

Highlights

・Introduction about the history, spirit of Ch-do, and how to greet.
・Watch the way of tea and have tea with Sweets.
(Not just watching, but also you can join tea ceremony as a guest!)
・Let’s try making powdered green tea by your selves!

Note

・If you are late for the time, you might not be able to enter after the way of tea have started.
・A prayer room is available for Muslim tourists.

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