We had Japanese tea ceremony workshop last Saturday!
We have started this workshop to learn how to do “Omotenashi” with omaccha(green tea) for one’s friends at home. Experiencing traditional style of tea ceremony gives us relaxed atmosphere memtally as well.
Sensei(teacher) asked a beginner to do flower arrangement suddenly (it doesn’t happen usually but our class is so casual!!) but she actually did well XD! Next you?!
Those are not sold at any flower shop because they are just grasses and wildflowers in her garden. The duration of blooming is not long like usual flowers, so the teacher prepared in the morning of the workshop day, and this is one of OMOTENASHI styles by her to welcome the guests. Every time we find her omotenashi spirits, we are all surprised! How about you?
Let’s go on! This is a sweet(called “OMOGASHI” in Japanese) before drinking omaccha(green tea). It’s madden by a teacher, and she made them thinking of the season, May using green color. Looks beautiful, isn’t it? It tasted so good. Not too sweet and good for omaccha!
This is the demonstration how to use “FUKUSA”(a type of Japanese textile used for purifying equipment during a Japanese tea ceremony). The movement is just simple and beautiful. We believe that you will get moved if you see the performance in front of you!
This is called “CHIMAKI” which is a Chinese Style Glutinous Rice wrapped in bamboo. The teacher prepared for us because May has a children’s day. Traditionally, some areas of Japan eat chimaki on the day. As you see so far, tea ceremony is prepared squeezing the most fun one can out of the season.
Rice cake inside like this.
Those a set of tea ceremony performance as a host.
Intermediate level student tries to do a performance.
Next workshop will be in October! If you are interested in watching and even trying to have a green tea, why don’t you come and join us? 🙂
Tea Ceremony Workshop Detail (currently in Japanese only)