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Experience a modern variation of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony online called “Table Style Sado”. Get an introduction to this special part of the Japanese culture and bring a bit of Japan into your daily life!
Private Online Experience
Online via Zoom or Skype
English: Fluent ★★★★☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★
You might feel learning Japanese Tea Ceremony (Cha no Yu) is something too challenging and special to learn yourself, but it’s not!
Enjoy Sado comfortably sitting at a table (rather than kneeling on a Tatami mat), learning the basic manners of a tea ceremony. This will be a great introduction to the art of making tea.
Sado is not just about drinking tea. In this lesson, you will experience the world of Cha no Yu with your 5 senses.
The lesson starts with an introduction to tea ceremony. And the connection between Zen and tea ceremony. You will learn a seasonal Zen phrase to, that will help you understand the connection between Zen, tea, and the season.
Next, your instructor will teach you how to enjoy traditional Japanese Wagashi sweets during a tea ceremony.
You will watch a demonstration of how to prepare Matcha tea doing the Table Style Sado tea ceremony.
Now it is finally time to prepare your own tea at home, following the instructions of your teacher.
Before you drink your tea, it is customary to appreciate your tea bowl. Learn the manners and etiquette of a tea ceremony before drinking your tea.
When the last drop of tea is gone you have some time to ask questions to your teacher about tea ceremony, tea, or Japan in general.
Your tea ceremony instructor Mihoko will welcome you on your private Zoom call. You will start with an introduction to Table Style Sado.
She will teach you about the connection between Zen and tea ceremony and teach you a seasonal Zen phrase.
Before enjoying tea during a tea ceremony, it is time to eat your sweet. During tea ceremonies in Japan, you will be served a Japanese Wagashi sweet often made with sweet bean paste or Mochi rice flour cake. But for this online experience you can prepare whatever kind of sweet you like with tea, for example a small piece of cake.
Mihoko will introduce you to the finer points of enjoying a Wagashi during a tea ceremony.
Now it is time to watch the instructor prepare a cup of tea. Relax and feel at ease and enjoy watching the tea making procedure.
After watching the demonstration, it is time to make your Matcha green tea at home. Mihoko will teach you how to make a delicious cup of Matcha!
Before finally enjoying your frothy cup of hot Matcha tea you will be introduced to the basic etiquette in a tea ceremony.
Part of the process is giving thanks to the person making the tea and appreciating the oftentimes beautiful tea bowl handcrafted by pottery masters in Japan.
After the last drop of tea is drunk feel free to ask any questions you have about tea, tea ceremony, or Japan.
This is an online experience. You will meet your host online on a private Zoom call.
Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
This online experience is hands-on if you want it to be. You can prepare the following items to join the lesson so you can experience your own tea ceremony at home.
After living in New York for 9 years I realized I didn’t know much about the culture of my own country, Japan. That is when I decided to learn Sado, the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
This special tea culture is a great way to connect with people around the world, connect the present and the ancient past, and to pass on an important part of the Japanese culture to the next generation.
In my opinion tea culture is universal. Through my Table Style Sado lessons and a simple bowl of tea I would love to be a bridge to connect you with Japan!
I am a Table Style Sado instructor with “Tsubaki no Kai” since 2018 and a host of Table Style Sado in English.