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Tea Ceremonies, Tokyo: 3 reviews and 11 photos

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the steps of a tea ceremony:

Guests remove their footwear and enter the tea house through a small door, and proceed to view the items placed in the tokonoma scroll alcove and any tea equipment placed ready in the room, and are then seated seiza-style on the tatami in order of prestige.

If a charcoal fire is being used to heat the water, the host will lay the fire in the presence of the guests. Following the laying of the fire, guests are served a meal in several courses accompanied by sake, followed by a small sweet eaten from special paper called kaishi (???), which each guest carries, often in a decorative wallet or tucked into the breast of the kimono. .[11] They will then return to the waiting shelter until summoned again by the host.

The host ritually cleanses each utensil!!including the tea bowl, whisk, and tea scoop!!in the presence of the guests in a precise order and using prescribed motions. The utensils are placed in an exact arrangement according to the particular temae procedure being performed. When the preparation of the utensils is complete, the host prepares thick tea using set movements. When the tea is ready it will either be served to the first guest by an assistant or the guest will retrieve the bowl from the host.

Bows are exchanged between the host and the guest receiving the tea. The guest then bows to the second guest, and raises the bowl in a gesture of respect to the host. The guest rotates the bowl to avoid drinking from its front, takes a sip, and compliments the host on the tea. After taking a few sips, the guest wipes clean the rim of the bowl and passes it to the second guest. The procedure is repeated until all guests have taken tea from the same bowl; each guest has an opportunity to admire the bowl before it is returned to the host, who then cleanses the equipment and leaves the tea room.

If a charcoal fire is being used, the host will then rekindle the fire and add more charcoal. This signifies a change from the more formal portion of the gathering to the more casual portion, and the host will return to the tea room to bring in a smoking set (タバコ嶋, tabako-bon?) and more confections, usually higashi (孤?徨?), to accompany the thin tea, and possibly cushions for the guests' comfort.

The host will then proceed with the preparation of an individual bowl of thin tea to be served to each guest. While in earlier portions of the gathering conversation is limited to a few formal comments exchanged between the first guest and the host, in the usucha portion, after a similar ritual exchange, the guests may engage in casual conversation.

After all the guests have taken tea, the host cleans the utensils in preparation for putting them away. The guest of honour will request that the host allow the guests to examine some of the utensils, and each guest in turn examines each item, including the tea caddy and the tea scoop. The items are treated with extreme care and reverence as they may be priceless, irreplaceable, handmade antiques, and guests often use a special brocaded cloth to handle them.

The host then collects the utensils, and the guests leave the tea house. The host bows from the door, and the ceremony is over. A tea ceremony can last up to four hours, depending on the type of ceremony performed, the number of guests, and the types of meal and tea served.

Address: 1-1-1 Shirokanedai Minato, Tokyo Prefecture
Directions: 1-1-1 Shirokanedai Minato, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3443-3111
Website: http://www.happo-en.com/english/

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  • Updated Dec 10, 2009
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