“The reputation of a thousand years maybe determined by the conduct of one hour”- Japanese Proverb
The rich culture of Japan roots from ideals, morals and love for all. The periodic customs from the bygone era have become the traditions that we see prevalent in Japan. From the way of their salutations to the way they drink their teas, Japan is a land of cotton puffed dreams.
I, was invited over to experience one of the most soul satisfying rituals in Japan. Their “Tea Ceremony”, which the hostess presents to you a beautifully light brewed matcha for your consumption.
We were given brief introduction & a tea ceremony performance by teachers of Yoshida Hikari, Ms. Nomura Yoko, Yoshida Teruyo, Mr. Murata Masashi.
About Japanese Tea Ceremony :
It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called MATCHA together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.
The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guest’s viewpoint angle.
The manner in which the event is performed is called OTEMAE. The tea ceremony is highly influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism.
Seen here are “Yokan & kinako-ame”,which are traditional Japanese sweets
We were given a sense of Japan by their tea ceremony, the traditional Japanese sweets and the beautiful music courtesy of the Shakuhachi Japanese flute by Mr. Kees Kort, who is a renowned shakuhachi player from Holland.
Chanoyu Etiquettes :
- Guests usually arrive earlier than the appointed time and put on TABI or traditional Japanese socks.
- The guests then proceed to a stone basin where they wash their hands and rinse their mouths with water, continuing to the teahouse.
- The chaji starts with the laying of a charcoal fire to heat the water. Guests are then served each course of food.
- The host performs the ritual of cleansing the utensils in front of the guests.
- The host exchanges bows with each guest receiving tea. The guest rotates the bowl (to avoid drinking from the front), takes a sip, and compliments the host.
- After a few sips, the guest then wipes clean the bowl’s rim and passes it to the next guest.
- After all the guests finish their tea, the host cleans the chadogu and at the same time allows guests to take a look at them.
Japan Travel Cafe Azuki :
Riemasala pvt ltd ( Masala Tours) was established as a services company in order to serve the Japanese traveler & expat coming to India.
In the process, they opened the Japan Travel Cafe so that we could catch a glimpse of Japan. This was also the first Japanese traditional sweet shop in India.