Visit a traditional tearoom where a tea master will serve you with formal yet warm hospitality. Then it is your turn to make a cup of tea.
What to Expect
Your tea master greets you even before you enter the tea room, at the bamboo spout outside his home in an older Tokyo neighborhood, where he will demonstrate the purification ritual of washing your hands. Even before his brief introduction to the history and philosophy of Tea inside the soothingly beautiful tea room, you will have started to experience what the ceremony’s 16th century founders were trying to achieve. The teacher will serve you a delicious cup of Matcha green tea in the traditional way, flawlessly performing dozens of well-practiced small steps to convey his deep spirit of hospitality. A tea master changes details of the ceremony to reflect the passing seasons: come back next month and the kettle, bowl, sweets, scroll and other elements will all be different. Then it is your turn to make a cup of tea, savoring fully the present moment while connecting to the universal spirit that is tea.
The small group (maximum 5 people) will meet at a nearby train station and travel with your guide to the tea master’s home. You may participate sitting in a chair or on the floor in traditional style. You may take photos and video during the ceremony or take photos at the end. Tea and artistic traditional Japanese sweets are served.
Know Before You Go
• Dress: Casual, but out of respect please avoid very sloppy clothes. Socks are required because you must remove shoes at entrance.
• You may take photos and videos during the ceremony or at the end.