Traditions of Japan
Traditions and Cultures
Full ReviewThe Japanese tea ceremony is an reflection of Zen Buddhism, is studied to bring on reflexion and calmness. It is a practise in mental discipline, esthetics and tending to process. It as well aspires to upgrade a feel of social equality and fraternity. Though it dates to the Middle Ages, the tea ceremony is withal popular nowadays.
Tossing some tea into a pot and streaming boiling water over it looks a jolly straightforward action. The Japanese, all the same, have made a tea-making ritual that affects a series of executes took out in bare and calm surroundings. To right maestro the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, takes a lot of years of educating.
The tea ceremony expects both the master of ceremonies and guests, who totally acknowledge their parts, to focus passim the process. There are a lot of editions to the ceremony, hinging on the occasion and the hour.
The noonday tea ceremony is executed by a host for capable 5 guests. The guests are called for to a special construction, the tea house, which is circled by a garden. Upon reaching, the guests will wait for fifteen minutes. The host and guests will meet each other in the garden with silent bows. Taking the air together to the tea room, they'll look up to the garden by the way.
After taking off their shoes and washing their hands, the guests lodge into the tea room headlong through a little door. The final human in slams the door shut and shuts up it. This bespeaks the host that he or she may fire up the charcoal fire in the charcoal pit.
Whilst expecting for the coals to get hot and the water in the kettle hanging over them to boil, the host assists in quiet a small snack of sweets. Later the guests have eaten, the host takes in the dishes, once more in silence. The silence is thought to get the feelings of the host and the guests into harmony.
When the guests focus on the host's every move, the kneeling host brews a thick, green drink using the hot water and powdered tea. The tea is soh thick it resembles a spread. The host ladles the thick, unsweetened tea into handleless cups, 1 for each one guest. Guests take their cup with the 3 middle fingers of their left hand under the cup and the fingers of their right hand round the cup.
Whilst sipping the tea, guests and hosts preserve a brief, stately conversation. The guests will look up to the cups and utensils. After that, as the fire is smothered, everybody lapses once again into silence.
To add the ceremony to a close, the host assists a slim, frothy cup of tea. With their final sip of tea, guests will create a slurping sound to let the host know they're finished.
I think that Japanese tea ceremony is a very interesting process and it is designed to induce contemplation and calmness.