What is the "Japanese Tea Ceremony" ?
It is a traditional culture of "Mind and Art" that can be practiced(Okeiko) mostly in Japan and other countries in the world.
Tea ceremony, or Chanoyu, what we call in Japan, is a tea service between the host and the guest.
What makes it special other than the "service" itself is "Zen" background and its artistic beauty.
"Okeiko" practice on a daily basis is always open for experiencing Tea. Its aim is to be a better person.
Zen is a philosophy based on the Buddhism and a constant pursuit of self existence. Following Zen idealism, tea people discipline through the tea activities beautiful Mind and Art. Japanese enjoys traditional Tea all over the country.
Brief history of Tea?
Established in the civil war era (1467~1591), tea culture has been influenced by Bushido, samurai mind, the chivalry, not to mention Zen Buddhism. Over 430 years of the Tea history in Japan, tea culture has been absorbed every aspects in the Japanese art and culture.
Sen-no-Riky千利休(1522 ~1591) is the charisma founder of the culture and art. His off-springs, Omote-senke and other two families, in Kyoto are keeping and prevailing Rikyu's heritage. It is called Iemoto System and it is protected by the Japanese Government.
Tea Mind ?
The four spiritual pillars of Tea can be described by four Kanji letters, 和敬清寂, wa kei sei jaku, Harmony, Respect, Purification and Tranquility. Tea Ceremony, is a cultural martial art of Peace. Because of its grace, nobility, together with the high quality of art and craftsmanship, Japanese Tea Ceremony is worldly evaluated as a high class learning culture. Keeping Zen in the attitude of people, hospitality and gentleness became one of the Japanese characteristics.