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【Tea Ceremony】Feel the Spirit of Japanese Hospitality

The cornerstone of the modern Way of Tea, or tea ceremony, is Wabi-cha, which was perfected during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603) by Sen no Rikyu. “Wabi” is a term that means “austere refinement” or “rustic simplicity” in Japanese. The sequence of movements in which the host prepares tea for guests and the guests receive the host’s hospitality and partake of the tea represent the traditional etiquette of Japan. Customs called “saho” govern each and every movement involved, including how to prepare the tea, how to drink it, and how to sit, bow, stand, and walk when participating. These customs were created so that tea may be enjoyed in its most delicious form, and by imitating these movements, one can enjoy the flavor of tea more deeply.
【Tea Ceremony】Feel the Spirit of Japanese HospitalityJapanese tea ceremony is not just about drinking tea. The arrangement of the furnishings of the tea house and garden to fit the season and guests and the appreciation of the tea tools are also regarded as accomplishments. Tea ceremony is a complete art that engages all five senses; it also manifests the spirit of hospitality in the modern Japanese people.

《You can experience it here!》

■Kaiko-an(Yokohama City)
>>>A teahouse on the 65th floor. Click here for information about Kaiko-an.
【Tea Ceremony】Feel the Spirit of Japanese Hospitality


■Bototei Tearoom(Yokohama City)
>>>Click here for information about Bototei Tearoom, where you can experience tea ceremony amidst the Japanese garden Sankeien.
【Tea Ceremony】Feel the Spirit of Japanese Hospitality


■Hakone Sekisho(Checkpoint) - Tabi Monogatari-kan(Hakone-machi)
>>>Click here for information about Hakone Checkpoint - Tabi Monogatari-kan, where you can casually enjoy making tea yourself.
【Tea Ceremony】Feel the Spirit of Japanese Hospitality