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February 4, 2019 : Tea Ceremony

Below is a report by Nick Rasetti (KCJS30 Spring, Brown University).

Last week, we had the privilege to participate in a tea ceremony hosted by a Doshisha club made for practicing the tea ceremony. We were led to a small, traditional style Japanese house, where we took turns going to the tea room in groups of four. I was in the first group to go, and it was a very intricate ceremony. What struck me most was how deliberate the movements of those orchestrating the ceremony were. Everything had a place and there was an appropriate way to do each step of the process. The students gave us a detailed description of some of the history of the ceremony and what the steps involved were for. After a round of traditional sweets, the tea was then served to us one by one. The taste was delicate and complimented the lingering flavor of the sweets very well. We were led through the various steps we had to do, and it was probably the most distinctly Japanese experience I’ve had thus far. Afterwards, we returned to the main room where we played traditional board games and learned how they mix the actual tea itself. It is an experience I would recommend to anyone with the option to do it.


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