Beginners welcome! Close to Chion-in Temple, experience the Japanese tea ceremony at En!
Tea Ceremony Experience En is located close to Chion-in Temple, and it’s called En because in Japanese en means both relationships and round, and they want their tea ceremony experience to become a place where people can get together. The machiya townhouse where the tea ceremony takes place has a very Japanese atmosphere; it has tatami mats, inner garden. Their classes are in simple, easy to understand English, and they tell you a lot about the history and culture of Japan and tea. They also show you how to stir matcha. Lastly, you get to try stirring matcha yourself (the teacher will help you). During this learning process, as you’re in a quiet, secluded, and beautiful place far removed from the busy city life, you get to truly relax. If you want to experience the tea ceremony here, you have to make a reservation on their official website. This is an unforgettable chance to get to know Japanese culture in Kyoto.
Getting to know about the tea ceremony
The teacher will use simple English to tell you about the tea ceremony and the concepts behind it, like “wakei seijaku” which means calmness, quiet, and respect while doing a tea ceremony.
Tea ceremony demonstration
First, the teacher will show you the proper way of holding a tea ceremony. Each move is carefully calculated, and amidst the quietness, she will use the tea utensils, which she first purifies, to make you matcha tea.
Put one-and-half scoops of matcha into your bowl, and start making a movement resembling the letter W, and soon you will have a bowlful of frothy matcha!
After stirring the matcha, you get to drink it. You should drink it in three gulps, and make a slight slurping sound in the last gulp because this way you get most of the matcha “crema” too.