The Japanese Tea Ceremony is an art and a spiritual discipline. People in Japan use it as a sort of mediation where they detach themselves from the daily routine and attain a deep spiritual satisfaction through the drinking of Tea and through silent contemplation.
On a different level, the Japanese Tea ceremony can also be used to create a relaxed communication between the host and his guests.
If you´re ever in Tokyo and would like to participate in a real Japanese Tea Ceremony these are held at several places:
– The Japanese Tea Gardens have a small tea house and you can participate in a short version of the ritual
– The Suntory museum of Art holds a ceremony every second week on Thursday.
– Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku also holds the ceremony for its guests on the 41st floor.
I remember this memorable scene from Karate Kid II where Kumiko performed the tea ceremony to Daniel.
Happy Tea Break.