Another Japanese traditional culture, 茶道(Sado) Tea ceremony is now available only for participation of Wakalture!!
Since I have not enough knowledge and experience to teach Tea ceremony, I asked my Calligraphy teacher to do the experience class with her daughter for participation of Wakalture. Her name is Bisui. Bisui sensei(teacher in Japanese) is originally a teacher of Tea ceremony. And her daughter, Emi, knows about it very well and speaks English as she’s also lived in Australia.
茶室(Cha-shitsu) is a room for Tea ceremony. In the room, there is always Japanese Calligraphy on the wall and flowers(華道, Kado, Flower arrangement) like the picture below. This 3 traditional cultures are always together in the room. This is the reason she started learning Calligraphy too.
There are many places that you can experience Tea ceremony (Calligraphy as well) but you should check if they are licensed. Wakalture only want to show you the real Japanese culture.
Bisui sensei has classes only for Japanese speakers who want to keep learning Tea ceremony not for tourists to experience. But as she and her daughter are very friendly and like to communicate with tourists they’ve decided to help me:)
What do you do at Tea ceremony class?
1, Watch Otemae, the act of making a tea then get instructions about Tea ceremony.
2, Try traditional beautiful Japanese sweets 🙂 It changes depending on the season. It was in Spring and Cherry blossom season! Looks so pretty and tastes great too!!
3, Try 抹茶(Matcha), green tea that they make for you. Tastes a little bit bitter that’s why you eat the sweets before drinking tea. You will know how good is the combination of bitterness of green tea and sweetness of sweets!!
They teach you not only how to drink but also the reasons. You may be surprised at the reasons:)
4, Time to make your own green tea!! As I mentioned, the school isn’t for tourists they use real utensils. Also charcoal which is different from BBQ one, used only for Tea ceremony. Some of them are very expensive:P
They were a little bit nervous to make green tea by themselves at first. But see this nice smiles:D They succeeded to make it!! We were so happy to see their smile:)
You can wear Kimono in this class!!
Sizes are limited but if you like, she can dress you up!! Hair as well:)
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Host of Tea ceremony class:)
My teacher on the right and her daughter on the left.