The Japanese tea ceremony can be summed up in one sentence.
It is to learn how to be in harmony with nature and to respect people and things through quietly making and tasting matcha.
Chanoyu began in Zen Buddhist temples, along with the practice of Zen meditation.
During the Muromachi – Sengoku period (1336~1602), the style of “Wabicha”, which seeks Japanese beauty and high spirituality, was almost complete.
The tea ceremony is deeply connected with Zen. This is called Chazen Ichimi.
The worldview of Zen is embodied in the tea ceremony, and the tea ceremony can be interpreted as a moving meditation in itself.
The time spent quietly making tea has always invited people into an extraordinary time and space, healing body and soul.
In actual practice, you will learn about pottery, flower arrangement, painting, calligraphy, architecture, food and drink, socializing, etc., so it is also a useful aspect of general education.
I study the Yabuuchi school of tea, which was born in the Azuchi-Momoyama period and has its headmaster in Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto. The Yabuuchi style is influenced by wabicha and samurai tea, and is characterized by its masculine, *Noh-like gestures.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea made from powdered Tencha (ground green tea) and a beverage made by adding hot water to it and stirring.
Matcha is a type of tea in which the tea leaves are ground into a powder, and the whole tea is absorbed into the body. While green tea, which is brewed with hot water, only contains ingredients that are easily dissolved in water, matcha is made from the whole tea leaves, which allows the body to take in all the rich and high quality nutrients contained in the tea leaves.
Matcha has many benefits, including weight loss, anti-aging, relaxation, prevention of tooth decay, prevention of dementia, and beautiful skin.
Noh: major form of classical Japanese dance-drama that has been performed since the 14th century.
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