Has anybody been to a Japanese tea ceremony?


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Has anybody been to a Japanese tea ceremony?

Postby jashnew » Nov 20th, '07, 00:01

Has anybody been to a Japanese tea ceremony? I'm posting this here because I figure most Japanese tea ceremonies involve green tea.I heard they last hours.
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Nov 20th, '07, 00:24

I haven't been to one, but I can assure you they use green tea– matcha, to be specific.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_tea_ceremony
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Postby Wesli » Nov 20th, '07, 00:28

Yep, but we all have our own personal tea ceremonies.
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Postby tomasini » Nov 20th, '07, 02:01

To one performed by an actual Tea Master? No, but I hope to one day expereince one....if anyone here has I would beg them to describe their expereince :D
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Fictional ceremony

Postby Trey Winston » Nov 21st, '07, 09:45

In James Clavell's Shogun there was a description of a tea ceremony, with some of the background and context explained (as I recall). Possibly not the most credible of sources, but I thought it was well written, and kind of atmospheric. Never knew flower arranging was so important :)
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Postby tomasini » Nov 21st, '07, 09:47

IF you're interested in the details, the whys and the whats, check out Chado Okakura's The Book of Tea You'll see just how intense the flowers get :shock:
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Postby Atypical » Nov 21st, '07, 16:05

No :( I've always wanted to, but I don't think there is anywhere in my area that does them.
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Postby Space Samurai » Dec 4th, '07, 07:32

tjfry wrote:...and the contemporary styles should be respected just as well as the old.


I do believe Okakura Kakuzo said that very thing.
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Postby Chip » Dec 4th, '07, 14:05

Very interesting and well said, tjfry!

I see you have been to Japan as well. Perhaps you will enlighten us about your visit.

You can start a new thread if you want.
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Postby evilive » Dec 4th, '07, 22:31

I would really love to be a part of one, yet it seems unlikely even if I do go to Japan. Reason being the food served if often of meat/fish based nature and I'm vegetarian
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Postby divintea » Dec 6th, '07, 11:34

I had no idea food was served during Japanese tea ceremonies! Is that really true?
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Dec 6th, '07, 12:33

Well, I think evilive meant in Japan in general with regard to meat/fish, but yes, they often do serve little traditional Japanese sweets at tea ceremonies.
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Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Dec 6th, '07, 12:34

I went to a Tea Masters house in Kyoto a few months ago to attend a small tea ceremony. It was very informal though, more like a demonstration.
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Postby divintea » Dec 7th, '07, 13:05

Kimonos are definitely conducive to drinking lots! Lotsa room in there. Though I guess sipping is more the style..
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