Japanese Tea ceremony - Why tea ceremony is important?
Japan is one of the countries in Asia that does tea ceremony seriously. For them, the tea ceremony represents harmony, respect, purity, and tranquillity. Like any other tea-loving country, Japan has its own tea technique, equipment, and preparation. Japanese is widely popular for being modern but simple, cleanliness, and being positive with everything. The tea ceremony is no exemption and those values are applied as well.
Positive values are painted in ceramic artwork that not only makes a perfect tea experience but also inspires whoever is using it. Reminding everyone that ceramic artwork is not just only for aesthetic design but to spread positivity and show the significance of moral values. The Japanese tea ceremony gives a positive impact and teaches good characteristics that need to be instilled in everyone such as manners, beauty, simplicity, respect, appreciation, discipline, humbleness, and kindness.
The Japanese tea ceremony is a part of Japanese culture that has been kept for a long time and it's proven that the discipline came from this culture. Japanese Tea Ceremony is not only about tea drinking but a very important tradition. Part of this ceremony is by wearing Kimono - a type of attire for attending such an event. Just think about The Royal's extravagant gown on a tea ceremony back in the days. We have a separate blog just for that called "What Tea is Fit for a Queen".
Japanese consider tea ceremony as a social gathering or sort of getting together with friends type of ceremony. But make no mistake, this is not the typical get together with your friends. Not even close. Japanese consider tea making as an art of work where many beautiful movements were involved in perfecting the ceremony. These traditional movements or practice takes years of commitment and discipline to master. This is not something you can watch on YouTube a day before your Japanese themed tea party. Sitting in a precise posture with bended knees with a straight back. Good luck with that. Your tea-making utensils should be directly on the floor covered with tatami mat. If you're doing Yoga, this should easy for you.
Did I forget to mention about entering the tea room with a kneeling position while holding a water jar? Yes, it should be that way. Usually, some famous Japanese sweet desserts will be served before the ceremony. This is to cat sweets before drinking the tea.
Making tea also means cleaning and caring for the tea utensils. Each utensil should be wiped with a red silk cloth which symbolizes the importance of each tea-making utensils. Teapots, container, and spoon are the most special among all utensils. For teapots, the more simple color and design means the more expensive it is. Like the famous black Raku teapots. Once the tea is prepared, it will be serve one at a time. The front of the teapot will be facing to the guests which symbolize humbleness and respect of the host to their guests.
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