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Japanese tea ceremony

Matcha tea has now fully arrived in Europe. But drinking tea in Japan is much more than just that. Tea ceremonies are an integral part of Japanese culture. In addition to the process, aspects such as paintings, architecture, garden art and ceramics also play a role when enjoying tea. A master of ceremonies should lead tea drinkers to harmony and self-discovery. The Japanese tea ceremony is tied to fixed procedures and rules - these have remained almost unchanged for over a thousand years.

Preparations for a Japanese tea ceremony

There are separate tea houses for the ceremonies. These consist of simple pavilions that are surrounded by a garden, through which a path made of stone slabs leads to the tea house. There is usually a small basin filled with water in the garden.
A maximum of five tea drinkers are allowed to take part in the ceremony, which lasts for several hours. During this time, guests sit cross-legged or kneel. The tea drinking is led by a so-called tea master: in, whose task it is to lead the tea drinkers on the tea path (chado) and to turn them into tea people (chajin). The Chado should lead to self-discovery and harmony. People of tea radiate warmth, serenity and calm.

Course of the ceremony

The process of the Japanese tea ceremony is firmly regulated. It has hardly changed in the past thousand years.

The preparation

Before starting the preparation of the tea, the guests of the tea ceremony take the garden path to the tea house. The path made of stone slabs stands for detachment from everyday life. Afterwards, the participants wash their mouths and hands in one of the master of ceremonies: in prepared water basins - this stands for the cleansing of all evil and bad. The shoes are taken off and after the tea master (s) sounds a gong five times, the tea room can be entered. There everyone sits down on the floor in a predetermined seating arrangement. Sitting cross-legged or kneeling shows humility and respect. During the tea ceremony, all participants are considered equal.

The preparation of the tea

All utensils for the preparation are symbolically cleaned with a cloth made of silk. Only then does the tea master (s) begin: in the precisely planned process: In most Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha tea is prepared, which is said to have a positive effect on body and mind. To do this, water is boiled over a fireplace and the matcha powder is mixed with a small bamboo whisk.

The enjoyment of tea

Drinking the tea is also regulated. As soon as the matcha is ready, the bowl is handed to the first tea drinker: in, often a guest of honor. He drinks the first sip, which is accompanied by an audible sip and many compliments with the tea. Then the tea bowl is cleaned with a cloth and passed on - from guest to guest. Meanwhile, there is a witty chat.

Four principles of the Japanese tea ceremony

The aim of the tea ceremonies and the associated rules is to influence the behavior and thinking of the participants: inside - also outside the tea house. They should also become so-called tea people in everyday life. Tea people treat their fellow human beings with mindfulness and respect and take themselves back.
In addition to the rules and goals, there are four principles of the tea ceremony:

harmony

The relationship between the participants, as well as in relation to nature and everything around them, should be harmonious.

respect

Hosts should treat each other with respect and appreciation.

purity

The tea ceremony itself should ensure a spiritual, inner purity.

silence

The principle of silence stands for the experience of inner serenity and calm during the ceremony.

How can you integrate your tea ceremony into everyday life?

You don't need a: n Tea master: in, garden or pavilion to incorporate something from the Japanese tea ceremony into your everyday life. You can also reduce stress and recharge your batteries in the form of small tea breaks, in which you allow yourself time and rest. Make sure you consciously take half an hour a day for your tea. Take your time with the production, choose a place to drink where you feel comfortable and maybe you have a favorite cup? In hectic everyday life, small breaks can help you to sort your head and take a deep breath. Perhaps you come up with one or the other idea or solution that would otherwise have been lost when you are inactive? For your little ceremony - try our powdered green teas Organic Matcha Mizu or Organic Matcha Yujin. If you prefer tea leaves to be poured on, you can also add Japanese flair to your cup with organic Sencha tea.