A tradition made popular by the Samurai of the Sengoku era, the tea ceremony opens the doors to Japanese aesthetics and etiquette.
The ancestral art of tea
Japanese values cannot be fully understood without having participated at least once in the tea ceremony. More than just a tasting, this is a contemplation of the beauty of movement and an appreciation of the present moment that is elevated to a state of art. A moment of aesthetics and hospitality taken to perfection. The tea utensils, the works of art, the gestures, all the elements of the ceremony will be explained to you.
In the footsteps of Sen no RIkyu and the Wabi Sabi
Sen no Rikyu, a key figure in understanding the art of tea, was born in Sakai in 1522. It was he who instituted and established the rules of this art which would be perpetuated to this day. While Japan was torn by multiple wars, he created this art as a haven of peace to forget the dangers of this then very violent world. His Wabi Sabi philosophy, derived from the principles of Zen Buddhism, has become one of the pillars of Japanese thought.
Tea tasting in a traditional environment
For this tea ceremony, you will be welcomed in an authentic machiya house, and served by elegant Japanese ladies who have made the tea ceremony their way of life. You will taste traditional Japanese pastries (wagashi) and tea will be served in specially made pots. The private ceremonies take place in the "Garden" house, and the group ceremonies in the "Flower" house.