The Japanese tea ceremony or cha no yu is an ancient practice of serving tea to guests. This centuries old custom is the quintessential Japanese practice and is something every visitor should partake it. The revered tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu argued that the tea ceremony should be an "ichi-go-ichi-e" or "once in a lifetime" event, when this singular moment is used for two parties to express each other's gratitude to one another. Thus every element of the ceremony from preparation to serving of the tea, the type wares and colors chosen, the serenity of the atmosphere are all reflective of the host's desire to ensure memorable experience.
Set aside a few moments to share in this unique experience, one built upon hundreds of years of Japanese tradition. Take a part of this humble and reflective experience while here in Japan.
Nihon no Yokohama-shi e yokoso! (welcome to Yokohama, Japan). My name is Setsuko and I am a Japanese tea master. I have been involved with Japanese tea ceremonies nearly my entire life and as a teacher for the last 30 years.
I have carried out tea ceremonies in many countries including the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, England, Czech Republic and more.
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