- There is a hierarchy among the tea ceremony utensils. The tea bowl and the tea caddy are the most important ones while the kensui (waste water container) and the ash container (haiki) have the lowest level of importance. The high level utensils are brought to the room first and held by two hands all the time.
- Tea ceremony utensils are usually not used in daily life and only used for tea ceremony. In that sense, looking at the tea ceremony tools is like looking at a museum exhibition that showcases the tools developed centuries ago.
- Most tea ceremony utensils are made out of wood (tea caddy) or bamboo (tea scoop, tea ladle, flower case.
- Each tea bowl (chawan) is hand-made without using the wheel which is uncommon in pottery. That is why each chawan is unique. The more old and withered the bowl looks the more valuable it becomes. The raku chawan is made by rested kiln laid by the grandparents of the chawan maker 70 years ago.
- There are 10 different Senke families that have been making the tea ceremony tools for over 300 years.
Sitting order. The host (teishu) must face the hanging scroll. The folding screen must be placed in front and the left side of the host. The scroll must be on the right side of the guests (when there is a small group). The guest entrance usually faces the alcove. There is usually 1 tatami mat of separation between the host and the guests. The most senior guest (shokyaku) must be closest to the scroll. The shokyaku should make a comment about the utensils and the room. The other guests usually cannot ask questions or make comments.
A tea ceremony is a ritualized form of making tea practiced in Asian culture by the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Vietnamese. The tea ceremony, literally translated as “way of tea” in Japanese, and “art of tea” in Chinese, is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. The Japanese tea ceremony is better known, and was influenced by the Chinese tea culture during ancient and medieval times, starting in the 9th century when tea was first introduced to Japan from China. (source: Wiki)
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Sakai Risho no Mori is a venue located in Sakai City part of the outer Osaka area. Sakai Risho no Mori is also known as Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko and has several displays and exhibitions about tea ceremony . The museum offers tea ceremony experiences but not a real experience since they are held in a cafeteria. For tea ceremony in Osaka, Maikoya would be the best option.
Sakai is the birthplace of Sen no Rikyu who introduced tea ceremony to Japan. Sen no Rikyu had a close relationship with Toyotomi Hideyoshi the shogun who ruled Japan for many years from Osaka Castle. The relationship got sour and eventually Sen no Rikyu was asked to commit seppuku.
For those who have time, Sakai Risho no Mori is a good museum to visit to learn about the history of tea ceremony but it is not an ideal place to experience tea ceremony because of the fact that the ceremony is not held in a traditional tea ceremony room. Additionally, for those who want to experience the tea ceremony in English, the place does not have much to offer. To experience the traditional tea ceremony it is best to drop by Maikoya Osaka, the best rated tea ceremony venue in Osaka that has English speaking staff ready all the time.
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Senrian Tea ceremony Osaka
Senrian is a name of a tea ceremony venue that is permanently closed. Senrian tea ceremony was used to be held in a place next to a shopping mall in Expo Park. Maikoya Osaka is the only place in Osaka that holds traditional Japanese tea ceremony everyday in a traditional Japanese room. Maikoya is also the highest rated tea ceremony location in Kansai. If you are interested in Senrian tea ceremony then it is worth to check out Maikoya tea ceremony.
Reflections from someone who tried tea ceremony for the first time…
Today I learned a life lesson. No matter how fiercely life is, we need to be mindful, come together, put our differences aside and for this moment, at least, to reflect and speak in the same language to appreciate life. Only then, we can move forward- for the better.
和敬清寂 Harmony. Respect. Purity. Peace.
It’s a feast to the eyes, to your ears and mind when a person preparing the hot water. Listening as the water dancing against the hot cast iron. It’s like a river murmuring.
Incense would be lit and the smoke travels across your eyes like a silver dragon flying across the sky.
She paused briefly as she flexed her wrist signifying the end of cleansing the bamboo ladle. So beautiful and therapeutic to gaze at. Her every move freezes time, space in all dimensions. You forget all your earthly trivolous needs.
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Some Basic Information about Japanese Tea Ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony has many names in Japanese: Chanoyu, sado or ocha. It has a long history of a thousand years and has ties to the tea traders in China. Japanese monks first brought back tea leaves during the Chinese Tang dynasty (618 – 907 AD) and only used them in their temples for religious services. A priest called Myoan Eisai spread the belief that green tea could be used for medicine and by drinking it regularly you were ensured good health. Samurai in particular followed this practice and spread its popularity. Later, another priest called Murata Shukou, called the father of the tea ceremony, added more significance and rituals by making powdered tea so others could enjoy it. His focus on aesthetics became well known and heavily influences the tea ceremony that we know today.