1. Kyoto: Local Home Visit Semi-Private Tea Ceremony
Take part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Meet at in nearby Nijo Castle, Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto. Tea culture has brought from China by Buddhist monk. Nowadays Japanese tea ceremony places are very popular even among Japanese young people. Japanese tea ceremony has established by Mr Sen No Rikyu. Tea ceremony, is a ritual which explores the Zen Buddhist principles of hospitality, simplicity, and harmony in the imperfect. But it’s only a part of long events is called as (Chaji). It’s too hard to sit on the tatami mat in traditional tea room even for Japanese people. We prepare Japanese style cushions (zabuton) for you , and you can come with casual wear. You can feel the peace and it heals you when you taste the tea and watching tea ritual. Let’s try and begin your ceremony by admiring a hanging scroll. You can watch rare hanging scroll even wrote or drown in Edo era(about 400 years ago.) We show you our culture and history as you want to know. As you enter the very Japanese style local home, your tea teacher from Kyoto of Omotesenke Ryu will guide you through the steps of the ceremony. Admire the gentleness and grace of the Omotesenke as the hot water is slowly poured into the green tea powder. Slowly sip your green tea. Taste adorable small Japanese sweets representing the 4 seasons. Appreciate the traditional flower arrangements. Learn about the significance of each step from your Omotsenke as you take part in a meaningful ritual.