Travel to Japan to explore the art of Tra Dao

When traveling to Japan, you should not ignore the Japanese culture of enjoying tea ceremony. Enjoying tea ceremony is not just about drinking tea, but deeply hidden artistic values ​​of the country of the rising sun.

The origin of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

 

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Tea ceremony appeared in the late 12th century

 

Japan is known for being a country rich in national identity. In particular, the traditional cultural features of this country have been passed down through many generations. Tea ceremony is also a tea culture that is very popular in Japan.

The origins of the tea ceremony began in the late 12th century when a Japanese monk, Eisai, went to China to study the religion. When he returned to the country of the rising sun, Eisai brought some tea seeds planted in the temple's backyard. After a long time of taking care and doing research, the noble gave a book titled "Khiet Tra Duong Sinh Ky". The book's content is about how to enjoy tea, its benefits. The special thing that attracts tea drinkers is to discover the uniqueness of tea making, tea rituals.

Meaning of Japanese Tea Ceremony

 

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4 basic principles of tea ceremony

 

The Japanese combine the pleasure of drinking tea with the Zen spirit of Buddhism, thereby enhancing the art of enjoying tea. Tra Dao is a means to help people cleanse their souls by being in harmony with nature, cultivating xinxing to attain enlightenment. In Tra Dao, there are 4 basic principles that are immutable: Hoa - Kinh - Thanh - President. "Harmony" in the word harmony, indicates the harmony between man and nature; "Glasses" in respectful words, express respect for others, gratitude; "Thanh" means tranquility, feeling serene, tranquil; and "President" refers to silence, giving a feeling of solitude.

Enjoying space and class enjoying tea when traveling to Japan

 

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The tea ceremony space is simple, quiet, and relaxing

 

Time to enjoy the tea ceremony is divided into 4: Morning tea (7 am), (8 am); midday (12 noon); evening (6 pm). The space to enjoy the tea ceremony is very quiet, relaxing and prioritizes harmony with nature. The tea room is arranged simply, with a corner of a stove with a stove, a ceramic pot of water, a set of tea sets in front of the kitchen, enough for guests to feel the warmth, lightness and hospitality of the family. On many occasions, a large tea party lasting more than 4 hours will be held, guests will be served with colorful pastries with delicious flavors.

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Tea ceremony class in Kyoto, Japan

 

If you travel to Japan , want to experience this unique tea ceremony culture, there is a "En Tea Ceremony Experience Class in Gion, Kyoto". Head towards the Yasaka Shrine, go to the left side then enter the little girl on the left side of Chionin's big Shinmon gate, you will find "En tea ceremony experience class". You will enroll at the pick-up hall, the group cost is 2,500 yen / person (tax included) or if you want to experience it separately, there is a package of 4,500 yen / person (tax included).

Principles of enjoying Japanese Tea Ceremony

 

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The tea ceremony water used is 80-90 degrees boiling water

 

The Japanese never use 100 degree boiling water to make tea. Note tea water only takes about 80-90 degrees because of this temperature, tea water will be more beautiful. Tea making utensils and teacups must be rinsed with boiling water first to clean and warm the utensils, then moisten with a dry towel, and then pour the tea inside.

To make tea, there are two ways: make strong tea and dilute tea. Solid tea has a slightly darker green color and a slightly acrid aroma. Normally, three people drink a bowl of solid tea, while thin tea each drink a separate bowl. When you drink, you need to copy your mouth, the Japanese think that it shows the owner's satisfaction with the tea. 

 

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There are two ways to make tea ceremony: make strong tea and dilute tea

 

Pouring tea requires the tea maker with the technique to avoid the different strengths of tea. Before inviting another tea, the pourer must pour 1/3 of each cup in turn, then the second time to pour back, not down. Each pouring is the same way until the cup is full. 

Tea ceremony is a traditional culture that has been passed down for generations of people in the country of cherry blossoms. Therefore, when traveling to Japan,  do not miss the opportunity to experience this unique quintessence of tea ceremony. 

If you are planning a trip to Japan to learn about tea ceremony culture, you can check out the Japan Tour 2019 .

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