Practicing Zen through Tea Ceremony
Attain peace of mind through the historical practices of Japanese tea ceremony, and discover Zen with a nationally qualified tea master.
◆ Try traditional Japanese sweets that have been specifically paired with matcha tea
◆ Go through the processes of Japanese tea ceremony with a nationally accredited tea master
◆ Learn in depth about the spirit of Zen expressed in Japanese art and architecture
◆ Make tea through the traditional tea ceremony processes yourself
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
The tea ceremony experience is more than just a ceremony.
Like many Japanese cultural aspects, it is connected to Zen Buddhism, and in Zen, as in tea ceremony, most concepts begin with the learning of gestures, forms, and movements. However, it is not only form that is important in Zen but also spirit. Through the movements of tea ceremony, we learn how to cultivate the mind and reach inner peace. These practices are not mere ritual, but a way of considering why each process is important, connecting us deeper to our practical lives.
As part of this program, you will go through the processes of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with a national qualified tea master, who will prepare for you a traditional Japanese confection and matcha green tea. Following the ceremony, the master will explain to you the fundamentals of Zen practice, as well as the importance and role of tea utensils and the art of the Japanese tea room. With this knowledge, we hope to share with you the fundamental tenets of the Japanese spirit.
*All our tea ceremony experiences are conducted by nationally certified tour guides who have practiced tea ceremony for more than five years.
The History of Japanese Tea Ceremony
The modern form of Japanese tea ceremony was established in the 16th century by Sen no Rikyu. Sen no Rikyu was a Zen Buddhist monk who trained at Daitokuji Temple, a significant Zen establishment with a long history connected to tea ceremony. At that time, Japan was in the midst of a period of warfare during which hundreds of warrior clans spent their days fighting each other. In such a time of war and violence, Rikyu felt a need for a place where warlords could communicate without weapons. That venue was the tea room, a space of harmony, respect, and tranquility that pursued the beauty of simple architecture. To welcome guests, the proprietors of Sen no Rikyu’s style of tea ceremony decorated these tea rooms with hanging scrolls expressing the spirit of Zen and displayed ikebana flower arrangements to please the guests. In this well-prepared space, a tea host served matcha (powdered green tea) to help guests discover peace of mind. It is upon these principles that we practice tea ceremony today.
Why practice tea ceremony?
The moment shared between guests in the tea room is called “Ichigo Ichie” meaning “a once-in-a-lifetime encounter”. This philosophy is a central part of Japanese tea ceremony, reminding us that each moment is significant in life, despite the conflicts and troubles of the world. Under such circumstances, we practice tea ceremony to experience the spirit of Zen, which we believe helps us to reevaluate our own desires and perspectives on life.
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
Grand TJT (Tokyo)
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off
• Any extra food and drinks
*An additional fee of 1,000 yen is required for languages other than Japanese or English.
◆ This is a shared program. Multiple groups may take this program at once.
◆ Please follow the instructions of the guide during the program. We will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur due to disobedience of the guide's instructions.
◆ The program will be operated in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the Japan Tourism Agency. As a measure against COVID-19, you will be asked to disinfect your hands and wear a mask, and we will take your temperature before starting the experience.
◆ The program duration stated is only an approximate. Please note that the duration of the experience may vary depending on situation and number of guests.
◆ For the cultural experience programs, you are required to meet our guide at a designated meeting place. If you are late, please contact us at 03-6432-0195 during business hours (from 8:00 to 17:00 on weekdays,from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturdays). We may also provide you with an additional telephone number to contact in advance of the program.
Please note: The main entrance to our facility is locked on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, and national holidays. If you attend an experience on one of these days, please wait in front of the lobby and a staff member will come to meet you.
◆ If you require special assistance during the program due to any of the following: religious reasons, physical conditions, illness, allergies, or age of children, please be sure to indicate this in the remarks section of the reservation form at time of application. Please note that we cannot guarantee any arrangements or changes to the program without prior inquiry.
◆The minimum number of participants for our cultural experience programs is 2, with the exception of the kimono experience, which can be attended as a single participant (1+ participants).
◆ This program is typically held in English. However, languages other than English can also be supported. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. If the program is available in your language, an additional fee of 1,000 yen (tax not included) per person will be added to the listed fee.
◆ Our business hours are from 8:00 to 17:00 on weekdays,from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturdays . Please note that inquiries received outside of business hours will be handled on the next business day. The application deadline for this program is 10:00a.m. (Japan Standard Time) five business days prior to the tour date. If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact us at email@example.com
◆Please note that we cannot guarantee arrangements for programs purchased after the application deadline without prior inquiry.