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Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An
The tea ceremony is held in an elegant and zen dedicated chashitsu thus providing tourist an exceptional opportunity to visit and experience the Japanese tea ceremony in a genuine and unique tea ceremony room (chashitsu) as those found in temples and shrines in Kyoto.
English and Japanese
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Learning Japanese tea ceremony and its history in English!
Located near Kyoto Station, Tea Ceremony Room Ju-an offers a tea ceremony by a tea host in English. The tea host is very kind, thoughtful, and also very knowledgeable in Japanese tea history. Before the session begins, she will kindly tell you to sit comfortably during the session, though guests usually sit upright in the correct manner on a Japanese tatami mat. The tea host will teach you the brief Japanese tea history and the manner of tea ceremonies. It is very interesting and easy to understand, so you will most definitely enjoy participating in her lesson.
Enjoy The Tea Ceremony By The Tea Host
In the beginning of the tea ceremony, the tea host will teach you the brief history of Japanese tea ceremony and its manner in English. Then she will begin the tea ceremony while explaining each manner and its meaning. Since it will be held in a very quiet atmosphere, you will enjoy listening to the sound of tea making.
Learn The Japanese Tea History
What is great about this tea ceremony besides the kind explanation of Japanese tea history is that the tea host will ask you if you have any questions regarding the manners and meanings of the tea ceremony. Since she will politely answer the questions, please feel free to ask about what you are curious about.
Enjoy Matcha Tea
You may have two chances to enjoy matcha tea during the session. The tea served during the session is called, “usucha,” a light taste of tea, whereas the other kind of tea is called, “koicha,” a richer and thicker taste of tea. First you will be served the matcha tea (usucha) that the tea host will make. Then, you will taste the one you make by yourself! You may find the differences in the taste between two matcha teas!