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Experience what it is to be an actual participating guest at a true Tea-ceremony occasion, showing compassion, respect and gratitude for one another whilst enjoying the minimalism of form and sound during the service. With explanations in English.
- Enjoy a Japanese hand-made sweet-meat.
- Watch and relax during the service of thick tea.
- Become a true tea-guest by sharing a bowl of thick matcha tea.
- Take the vital utensils in your own hands and learn which features to look at.
- Relax with a final, less-formal bowl of thin-tea frothy matcha.
At our tea-house in Miyagawa-suji, close to exit 5 of Kiyomizu-gojo station on the Keihan-line.
Please be aware that we wish you to feel that you are not merely a spectator but, instead, a full and important participant. Consequently, any photos you might wish to take should be captured only with the camera of the heart.
What you need to bring
We request you to bring with you a pair of white socks (available inexpensively at any 100-yen store) into which to change upon arrival, and, if possible, to come in either long (and loose-fitting) trousers, or else a longish skirt. Upon arrival, you will be politely requested temporarily to remove all jewelry except earrings.
- English (Fluent)
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- Nederlands (Fluent)
I am Tyas, passionate about Japanese tea and tea culture. As a fully accredited tea-ceremony instructor and qualified Japanese tea instructor, I am active as a tea-sommelier in Kyoto and Osaka where I host tea-related workshops, tea tastings and tea-discovery trips.
Through our tea-ceremony workshop in Kyoto, hosted at a traditionally styled tea-house in Kyoto's best renown Geisha district Miyagawa-suji, near Gion, I and my assistants aim to introduce foreign travellers to an authentic tea-ceremony experience. Doing so, we present our guests with the highest form of Japanese matcha tea, called thick-tea, thoughtfully prepared following the ritual procedures that tea-ceremony prescribes in order to express greatest care for our visitors. Our guiding explanations are given in comprehensible English, and are based on the knowledge we have gathered directly from the grand master of our school, and on our own understanding forged throughout the years and years of repetitive practice.
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