xuancheng wrote:I am particularly interested in this:
Kaji Aso Studio Japanese Tea House (House of Flower Wind) [Tea room]
40 St. Stephen Street; 617-247-1719
It is an art studio, but I think they have a proper Japanese teahouse in a garden outback. I think the woman who presents the tea ceremony (on Sundays, reservations required) teaches as well.
The Tea Merchant
I actually went for the Sunday afternoon tea ceremony last weekend and it was WONDERFUL. (It is on TeaMap both under Kaji Aso Studio and under House of Flower Wind.) The Kaji Aso Studio was founded in the '70s I believe and the concept was that it would be a salon-type setting - arts, debate, discussion, and music. They offer a wide array of arts classes and poetry and music events as well as a Sunday afternoon tea ceremony. The studio is run by a woman named Kate Finnegan who studied with Master Aso since 1980 and she is also the tea master. The teahouse is built into the basement of the brownstone and you enter through their Japanese tea garden. They were wonderful at preparing you for the ceremony, showing you the beauty of the experience, and discussing it with you as things proceeded. I would highly, highly recommend. You must reserve at least 48 hours in advance and you can also arrange for a private tea ceremony. They also have an apprenticeship program where you can spend several weeks studying tea ceremony at the studio.
RE: the others
* I looked for Tea Merchant one day and couldn't find it.
* The Otherside Cafe is a cafe/pub that serves tea. Not sure if they sell loose leaf. I haven't been there but it's supposed to be a pretty funky place.
* Timeless Teas - I haven't been very impressed with this place. They do have a large array of loose leaf but the two times I went in, trying to get info was like pulling teeth. They list a tea bar but it's really a loose leaf shop. I guess it didn't come to mind because it's not a place I would go back to.
(BTW - I erred in my previous post. I'll correct it there, too, but Virtuous Teas is actually in Newton.)