Hiki-cha and tea ceremony experience
Hiki-cha (making tea powder) and tea ceremony can be enjoyed at the Nakamura Tokichi Honten where it is well known as a tea specialty shop. Nakamura Tokichi is running the café and the shop as well. Tea ceremony is held every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 times per day in the their own tea room. This experience includes grinding tea powder by yourself with a stone equipment, a Japanese confectionery, and 2 kinds of matcha tasting which is made with the milled matcha powder. If it is the first time to participate in the tea ceremony, don’t worry about that! The teacher will kindly teach you. You can make a reservation on the event day based on the availability. It is a rare opportunity to learn and experience about tea ceremony even for the Japanese, so you must try it if you are interested in tea ceremony. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_Hiki-cha-and-tea-ceremony-experiene/
The Tea Making Performance
The tea making performance by a teacher is a highlight. Matcha is prepared quickly but with at most care. It is an intense moment. The teacher prepares 2 kinds of matcha. The first one is condense and the other one is weak which both are made with matcha powder that you milled.
‘Zuishoan’ is a small Genroku-era (1688-1704) tea room, a style which little remains in the present days. It was originally built at Mimurodo (an area in the Uji city) 300 years ago and moved to current place 150 years ago. A little gap between a wall and a door means the preparing of a tea ceremony is ready.
Hiki-cha (making tea powder)
Please turn the handle towards the left direction with your right hand while touching your left hand to the grinder. You may think it is heavier than expected. The best speed is one round in one second. Green powder will come out from the gap of the grinder after a while; you can get a good smell of fresh matcha.
At first, please put the cup on your left hand and lend your right hand to the side of a cup. Next, turn the cup clockwise toward yourself for 2 times, and then please taste the matcha. After drinking, wipe the cup and turn to opposite direction to the previous. Although it looks easily, you may actually find it difficult.
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The teacher will show us an example in advance, so you can just imitate it. Please enjoy your tea ceremony without any pressure!
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Nakamura Tokichi - Main Shop / 中村藤吉本店
|Address||10 Uji Ichiban, Uji-shi, Kyoto, 611-0021|
|Directions||1-minute walk from JR Line Uji Stn.|
|Open Hours||Tea ceremony is held every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 times per day First 10:15am~ / Second 11:45am~ / Third 2:15pm~ / Fourth 3:45pm~ *Required time of this experience is 45 minutes to 60 minutes *Capacity of this experience is 7 peoples per session|
|Closed||Tuesdays and Thursdays|
￥2,160 per person
It is a good opportunity to participate in a traditional Japanese culture
|Lanuages spoken||Casual English|