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The tea ceremony (sado: the way of the tea) is the traditional way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism and is believed to have begun since the 9th Century. Nowadays, the tea ceremony is a relatively popular hobby in Japan. Many Japanese who are interested in their own culture take tea ceremony and ikebana (flower arranging) lessons. Tea ceremonies are held in traditional Japanese rooms in cultural community centers, private houses, or in tea-houses. The ceremony itself consists of many rituals that have to be learned by heart. Each motion in the tea ceremony hold significance and must be followed in the proper order. Basically, the tea is first prepared by the host, then enjoyed by guests. The tea is a bitter matcha green tea made of powdered tea leaves. There may be some sweets with the ceremony, depending on the level of formality. There are two types of ceremonies, the informal chakai and the formal chaji. Both vary in complexity and mannerisms, but still use matcha. There's also the senchado ceremony which uses tea leaves instead of powdered tea.
Tsujiri, a top class green-tea brand in Japan, established in 1860. Water: Pure matural water from the Mt. Fuji. Using Japanese tea bowls from Kiyomizu. Tea ceremony room with a tokonoma (alcove) - chair can be provided
To top it all off, feel like a VIP customer while servers tie your bib for you, embodying the hospitality that Japanese culture is known for.
Enjoy watching the careful hands of your personally assigned chef prepare your dish before your eyes. With a few flicks of the wrist, the skilled chef will provide an impressive show with the ingredients without damaging the integrity of the dish.
Enter on your knees. Avoid stepping on the center of the mats. Use closed fists when touching the mats, instead of palms (for hygiene). Turning the cup 2 and half. respect. communication
While Wagyu beef is not necessarily considered traditional Japanese cuisine, it has become world renown through its extraordinary quality and a must try while in Japan. Wagyu standards are upheld by strict guidelines, reassuring guests are consuming the real thing. While you can enjoy wagyu outside of Japan, it will likely be a hybrid variant where it can be hit or miss. Don’t miss your chance to experience authentic Japanese wagyu on our guided tours.