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The Heart of Japan: Tea at the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2015

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Published on 04.04.2016 Sado" or tea ceremony is a large part of Tokyo/Edo traditional culture. In Tokyo, every year there is a large event called the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony, where visitors can learn about and experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Guests at the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony can learn about "omotenashi" which is Japanese for hospitality, an ideal that Japanese people pride themselves in. A large number of tea ceremony practioners and teachers gather together to show people the omotenashi that is deeply linked to the art of tea ceremony. The are of tea ceremony isn't only thing you can learn about at this event they also have traditional Japanese candies, Japanese instruments, and even calligraphy.

While tea ceremony isn't extremely difficult, there are a few things you have to remember. From how to serve the tea to how you drink it, there are certain rules one has to follow. Most of these rules are due to the importance of omotenashi and to make sure you are showing the guest and/or server of the tea the proper level of respect.

Many people gather around the tea ceremony experts and listen carefully to learn about how to make and serve the tea.

There are also a variety of ceremonies at the event. They have both indoor and outdoor tea ceremonies both with they're own set rules. It is best to experience both as the style of each is quite different. There are also tea ceremony workshops and explanations on tea ceremony given in English. Foreigners can enjoy dressing up in traditional Japanese clothes while eating candies and drinking tea.

There are various ways to enjoy the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony, even if you go by yourself. Enjoy a relaxing day drinking delicous tea and eating the Japanese candies, while you soak in the atmosphere of hundreds of years of tradition.

Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/what-we-do/creation/festivals/tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony/2174/

Source: Arts Council Tokyo(公益財団法人 東京都歴史文化財団)

▼Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony
http://tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony.jp/

▼Arts Council Tokyo
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/

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