Japanese Tea Ceremony by Sadou Sensei
The Japanese tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu), which is also called “Sadou” or “Chadou”, is one of the traditional Japanese cultural activities that help people enjoy tea with a calm feeling due to the unique philosophy and procedures involved. Nowadays, many venues offer the chance for people to try and experience the Japanese tea ceremony, for example in tea rooms in Japanese hotels, Japanese sweet shops, at events and tea ceremony workshops for foreign visitors. You can discover a new aspect of Japanese culture by experiencing the Japanese tea ceremony (Japanmagazine)
The Way of Tea is a very intricate process wherein gestures, utensils used, body positions and words have meaning. Even the activity itself has a philosophy; Wa, Kei, Sei, Jaku – “harmony, respect, purity, tranquility.”
When you visit Japan, its not only about sight seeing and food but I recommend – experience some Japanese practices that are available and open for non-Japanese visitors just like wearing a kimono or yukata, joining some activities during festivals, trying the onsen or join a Japanese tea ceremony. The objective of the Japanese tea ceremony is to create a relaxed communication between the host and the guests.
My first participation in Sadou was during my training days in Osaka as a JPEPA. I was barely 4 months in Japan and I did not understand fully the meaning and words spoken by the teacher (Sadou Sensei). Fastforward, when we were in Kinosaki onsen just this week, the Ryokan owner of Morizuya who was a long time Sadou Sensei offered a private and free tea ceremony for us inside her own Chashitsu tatami room (tea room). At first, she invited us to take a photo inside the chashitsu while we were on our yukata and had the tea ceremony the next day.
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On the video;
While the Sensei is preparing the tea, she will instruct a guest to ‘eat your okashi’ (japanese sweet)’. The first one to drink the tea is the first one to eat the okashi, everyone do not eat together. I will no longer discuss further the other involved methods like: the chawan (tea bowl) movement on your hands prior to drinking and after consuming the whole tea or the meaning of everything.
Is just so good. I think the tea becomes more savory when you enjoy the process from preparation to frothing with the use of the traditional utensils.