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You'll find out a lot more about Japan through the experiences with us.
We the warm-hearted Japanese ladies will present you
various Japanese cultural programs as follows

CHA-NO-YU, tea ceremony

We have an Usucha Temae tea ceremony in which we serve tea with Japanese confectionaries. We would like to invite you to experience tea house hospitality throughout Japan.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tea from China, which was first used as a medicine, became a beverage. In eighth century China, tea use increased as part of the refined entertainment of poetry. In fifteenth century Japan, tea became a kind of aesthetic spiritualism in the form of the tea ceremony. In the second half of the sixteenth century, Sen no Rikyuu successfully transformed the tea ceremony into an art.

For Japanese, the tea ceremony goes beyond the concept of the ideal way to drink tea. The guests and host at the tea ceremony are in harmony as they try to discover the greatest bliss in this world. The tearoom is an oasis in the bleakness of life. The tearoom offers tired travelers a meeting at a common well to appreciate art and moisten their throats. The high culture and spiritual comfort liberates all participants, no matter their background or status.

The goal of the tea ceremony is in Taoism, the philosophy of learning to live well in this world. Spirits and nature fuse together inside of us, always changing and always without limits to create the present and this moment. We adapt ourselves to the surrounding environment. Accepting this world as it is, we discover beauty among the complications of each day.

The roji, the dewy path, a literal translation of the Japanese characters, is the garden path that leads us from the world of the commonplace to the world of tea. As we travel the distance between the waiting room and the tearoom, we become detached from the outside world, journeying as if we were going through steep mountains and deep valleys, ahead to the sacred, pure world of the tearoom. Worldly thoughts are eliminated; spiritually rich feelings fill us with contentment. The tearoom, plain, simple and separate from worldliness, is a true sanctuary where we can escape the annoyances of the outside world.

The ultimate purpose of the tea ceremony is to reach a Zen state of mind, which comes from the four principle elements of the tea ceremony: wa kei sei jaku (harmony, respect, purity and tranquility). These principle elements outwardly express the aesthetic values created on the metaphysical and spiritual principles of Zen, but the four principle elements express these values artistically and materially. This sum total of these principles should be understood as people caring. This caring is the ethical principle.

Sado, the tea ceremony, went beyond the limits of Zen temples in Japan, deeply spreading Japanese rules of propriety and etiquette in the homes of the general population across Japan. We must correct the current chaos in our family and work environments with the spirit and principles of the tea ceremony. We must move beyond Japan to contribute to the culture of the larger world with a model that can provide discipline for our own thinking and attitudes. The tea ceremony is now primarily held as a pleasant pastime or cultural accomplishment, mainly for women. Still, the spiritual understanding of the tea ceremony is more significant than its formalization or material aspects.

Hisamatsu, Shinichi. Sado
  no Tetsugaku (Tea CeremonyPhilosophy).
  Kodansha GakujutsuBunko.
Kuwata, Tadachika. Sado no
  (The History of the Tea Ceremony).
  Kodansha Gakujutsu Bunko.
Okakura, Tenshin (English nom
de plume:Okakura, Kakuzo).
  Cha no Hon (The Book of Tea).
  Iwanami Bunko.
Tachiki, Tomoko. Cha no Hon (The Book
of Tea).

Translated by Aaron Language Services

A casual tea ceremony party

We the Japanese Culture Visit staff members enjoyed a tea ceremony party on 5th of May, 2011. -More stories-

IKEBANA, Japanese flower arrangement
ORIGAMI, folding paper
Home visit & Japanese culture
Japanese martial art
Calligraphy and Japanese language
SUMIE, brush painting
HOGAKU,Traditional Japanese music
Traditional Japanese table manner
Spirits of traditional Japanese manneres and etiquettes
Handicrafts :
 Your own seal carving
 Original T shirt with calligraphy

Netsuke strap
 Original NETSUKE, strap

Japanese nobebook or album

Temari, Babric ball
 TEMARI,fabric ball covering
 Fabric or paper box

Napkin ringsNapkin rings
Origami Doll
 Japanese origami doll

Japanese Fan
 Japanese fan

Lecture about Japan : Japanese garden
Japanese religion, Buddhism and Shintoism, etc.

We, from 1 to about 30staffs will work together for you, 1 to 100 people at various places where we will book for you depend on the number of your group
Plesse contact us by E-mail or FAX. We've been working for more than 20 years and so you can rely on us. We are proud of our harmonious teamwork. Why don't you come and see us.

For your "Japan Night Banquet" we recommend the traditional music which young charming players perform, Kimono Show, Budo, martial art, calligraphy artist show, tea ceremony and etc. at reasonable price.

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For the group for 2 hours (more than 15 people)
at reserved tea house or other places
\8000 per person (15〜24) people)
\7000 per per person (more than 25 people)

Basic course : Tea Ceremony Flower Arrangement, IKEBANA, Kimono dressing & Folding Paper, ORIGAMI
For the group for 30 mins, at tea house or otheres
\5000 per person (15〜24 people)
\4000 per person (25〜people)

A course : tea ceremony, and kimono for a few people
B course : Origami, and Kimono for a few people

For a small group at private home (more than 4 people)
for 2 hours
\6000 per person
tea ceremony , Origami, folding paper, flower arrangement, kimono wearing

Alternative program:
Calligraphy, SHODO
Brush painting, SUMIE
Traditional Japanese music, Shamisen, KOTO, Shakuhachi, etc.
Traditional table manner and REIHO, spirits of traditional Japanese manners
and etiquetts
Handicrafts:Japanese origami doll and calligraphy
Napkin rings making
Temari, fabric ball covering
Original Netsuke (strap)
Uchiwa, Japanese fan
Japanese notebook or album
Chabako, fabric tea box covering

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CHA-NO-YU, tea ceremony


IKEBANA, Japanese flower arrangement

KIMONO, dressing


ORIGAMI, folding paper

Home visit & Japanese culture

Japanese martial art

Calligraphy and Japanese language

, brush painting

,Traditional Japanese music

Traditional Japanese table manner

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