Among those tourists planning a trip to Kyoto, there are no doubt more than a few people hoping to experience something special and unique to the area.
Japanese tea ceremony, one of several Japanese teachings imparting the mindset and rituals of the traditional arts, is one such popular cultural experience.
The practice came into existence as the result of one merchant's hospitable action of serving tea to his clients. The series of actions he carried out in serving tea and the preparations made were elevated to ceremonial status, thus marking the beginning of tea ceremony. In the first Matcha tea you prepare, and in the cups of tea offered to you at the places you visit, the hospitable feelings of the person serving you will be contained deep within each. I hope this is something you will experience while trying tea ceremony in Kyoto.