Check out our Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop Report on May 17!

 

Hello!

 

We had Japanese tea ceremony workshop last Saturday!

 

We have started this workshop to learn how to do “Omotenashi” with omaccha(green tea) for one’s friends at home. Experiencing traditional style of tea ceremony gives us relaxed atmosphere memtally as well.

 

Sensei(teacher) asked a beginner to do flower arrangement suddenly (it doesn’t happen usually but our class is so casual!!) but she actually did well XD! Next you?!

 

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Those are not sold at any flower shop because they are just grasses and wildflowers in her garden. The duration of blooming is not long like usual flowers, so the teacher prepared in the morning of the workshop day, and this is one of OMOTENASHI styles by her to welcome the guests.  Every time we find her omotenashi spirits, we are all  surprised! How about you?

 

Let’s go on! This is a sweet(called “OMOGASHI” in Japanese)  before drinking omaccha(green tea). It’s madden by a teacher, and she made them thinking of the season, May using green color. Looks beautiful, isn’t it? It tasted so good. Not too sweet and good for omaccha!

 

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This is the demonstration how to use “FUKUSA”(a type of Japanese textile used for purifying equipment during a Japanese tea ceremony). The movement is just simple and beautiful.  We believe that you will get moved if you see the performance in front of you!

 

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This is called “CHIMAKI” which is a Chinese Style Glutinous Rice wrapped in bamboo. The teacher prepared for us because May has a children’s day. Traditionally, some areas of Japan eat chimaki on the day. As you see so far, tea ceremony is prepared squeezing the most fun one can out of the season.

 

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Rice cake inside like this.

 

 

 

 

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Those a set of tea ceremony performance as a host.

 

 

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Intermediate level student tries to do a performance.

 

 

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Next workshop will be in October! If you are interested in watching and even trying to have a green tea, why don’t you come and join us? 🙂

 

Tea Ceremony Workshop Detail (currently in Japanese only)

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s tea ceremony workshop report!

 

Hello!

We had a New Year’s tea ceremony workshop last weekend! We offered a three day program for this workshop to learn more about the Japanese beauty built through traditional tea ceremony culture. Next one will be on February 15th.

 

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All attendees learned more from the teacher about “Omotenashi spirit” than we had expected. In the above picture you see camellia, green bamboo log and willow. The teacher prepared (cuttings etc) and brought them to the lesson room in the morning on the day of the workshop to welcome attendees with an “Omotenashi spirit”. We actually had more than one hour for preparation, but it wasn’t enough!! Was hard to welcome guests with an Omotenashi spirit!!

 

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However, all preparation is just for valuing the idea of “Treasure every encounter, for it
will never recur”. It is fantastic, don’ you think?

 

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I am a total beginner when it comes to tea ceremony. I helped the teacher to prepare for the workshop. But you know what? Under normal circumstances, it is unheard of that anyone not experienced in tea ceremony would help the teacher – I was told and felt lucky to have such a good experience! I didn’t even know that it is prohibited to touch a kettle (as in photo above) with bare hands because it may cause rust. In spite of limited preparation time, she explained everything step by step.

Thank you, Nameki sensei!

 

 

Poured hot water and setting completed!

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Now it’s time to start. The teacher explained the meaning of a tearoom, how to bow and greeting formally, how to open a fusuma (Japanese style door in a tatami room), and how to use chop sticks “beautifully”.

 

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This is called “Hanabira Mochi” which is eaten in Kyoto only at New Year’s time. A stick-like shape of burdock root filled with miso bean jam. It looks so tender in color, doesn’t it? We also had some dry sweets!

 

 

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This tea is called “Oh-buku-cha” with gold powder, and is also only drank during special tea ceremonies around New Year’s time in Kyoto!

 

 

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The teacher was mixing tea quickly.

 

 

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Creamy! (This is mine. Bubbles should disappear…)

 

In my opinion, we can tell you about the heart of Japanese people without the tea ceremony culture. And even for us, this workshop gave us a deeper understanding of the tea world. We learned so many things, too many to list! We are so glad that all attendees had such a fun time!

Many people, especially younger generations, think that learning tea ceremony requires high levels of entry because of very strict traditional rules. Our teacher is full of enthusiasm to share the knowledge of tea ceremony among young people, so she allows a casual attitude during lesson time. We could enjoy her lesson from the heart!

She also teaches tea ceremony to elementary school students, and she says they do better than adults! Can you imagine that little girls and boys make tea beautifully to welcome you? If you have the chance to visit Japan, don’t forget to experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony!

 

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