This might not be your cup of tea...

Dschkrutz By Dschkrutz, 16th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The sado or chado, more commonly known as the tea ceremony, is a cultural ritual of preparing and drinking tea based on Daoism. During my trip to Tokyo i was able to partake in the delightful cultural event.

the tea ceremony

The sado or chado, more commonly known as the tea ceremony, is a cultural ritual of preparing and drinking tea based on Daoism. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony consists of multiple rituals highly influenced by Zen Buddhism. During the ceremony, the tea is specially prepared and drunk deriving from traditional Japanese customs. However, over the centuries the importance of the tea ceremony has dwindled within the Japanese culture, however, tea ceremony lessons are still popular for some who are interested in their heritage and culture. These ceremonies take place in traditional Japanese rooms. These are either in cultural community center or private houses.
One of the most important factors in the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies is the environment. As a result of the Buddhist influence, a tranquil setting is necessary in order for the ceremony to take place. A trained practitioner prepares a powdered matcha green tea for a small group of guests. The entire ceremony is strictly regimented, with each hand movement arranged with a purpose. The host, or practitioner, prepares the tea to be enjoyed by the guests.
The tea practitioner is a trained professional in many areas, such as kimono, calligraphy, flower arranging, ceramics, and incense in order to fully master the ceremony. The skills acquired in each discipline take many years to master, not including the skills need for the tea practices and ceremony. The practitioner is responsible for guiding the guests in gestures and phrases throughout the ceremony. It takes many years to become a tea ceremony practitioner, and for some it often takes a lifetime.

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