The tea ceremony | Japanese culture

It is quite obvious that Japanese culture ends up triggering a certain fascination in many of us, for its traditions and particularities, which make it really as unique as it is indeed. It is based very much on respect for the other and in such a way that no other culture can do it. 

Current culture

It has in it itself particularities that enchant us. Today there is a phenomenon called pop culture, which includes several themes more related to the arts such as karaoke (singing on instruments), yosakoi (dance style that emerged in Japan), manga (a type of comic strip with unique characteristics), anime (Japanese drawings with a particular style like vibrant hair colors and big eyes), hentai (manga and animes, animated with sexual character).

The tea ceremony

In addition to the enchantment delivered by art in general, many believe that the tea ceremony is not just about tasting tea itself, but much more than that. Being almost an art form too, this tea tasting involves several basic principles of harmony, purity, tranquility and respect in a proper environment such as the tea houses that provide this experience is a unique and completely unrepeatable moment, where participation is total throughout the rigid ritual created by the tea man called Chajin.

This is a practice that has been kept intact even though several centuries have passed since its origin.

Chashitsu | Tea Houses

It is the place where the whole ritual of tea drinking that comes from the ninth century to the present day is provided as it is. The ritual is prepared and served by the Japanese-masters of the tea ceremony religiously following the strict protocols learned in tea schools. All this practice can also be referred to as ” The path of tea “.

Sukiya – as the tea room is known – is typically made of wood and covered with tatami mats and that is where the guests of the ceremony sit along. There is also an area that is the most important in the room called the Tokonoma is a nook where a parchment is hung and is accompanied by a large vase of flowers.

Ceremony

Of course, tourists are not expected to be familiar with the meticulous details involved in a traditional tea ceremony, even more, to have a comprehensive tea culture in order to be able to participate, so it is natural that during the ceremony the master will end up explaining all the procedures and passing on all the guidelines. If you decide to attend a tea house, you are expected to be asked to wash your hands and remove your shoes at the entrance before the ceremony. This is to ensure that all aspects of purification of both the ceremonies and the tea are carried out.

The position that is taken to start the ceremony. It is easily described as sitting on the sole of your feet, with the top of your foot directly on the ground.

It is natural that you want a memory of such a unique experience, but the truth is that before thinking about photographing or even filming some of the ceremonies and to avoid running the risk of provoking any offense we suggest that you ask the master first if he will allow you such boldness.

All the curiosity for this kind of cultural ceremony and unique experiences are commonly sought in Japan. We recommend that you book in advance so that you do not have any unpleasant surprises, and one more thing, also arrive in advance too, as punctuality in addition to being a sign of respect is one of the aspects that most marks the tradition of this tea ceremony.


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