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Explore a Whole New World of Tea By Experiencing a Tea Ceremony

Aug 17, 2007
If you consider yourself a connoisseur of fine teas, then you should really think that description over if you have yet to visit a Japanese tea ceremony. There is simply no better way to learn about the world of tea than through tea ceremonies, as they can provide you with some amazing flavors of the hot beverage with a rich tradition and historical background that you simply cannot experience anywhere else. But, do you have to go to Japan to experience an actual ceremony of tea? Not necessarily. With the increased sharing of cultural rituals and traditions during the mid to late 20th century, the good news is that you can easily have the experience of a Japanese tea ceremony in your own home.

Tea finally came to Japan in the ninth century when a Buddhist monk brought it back with him after a trip to China. From there, the passion for tea grew with a fervor never seen before in Japan, and the Japanese adopted it as one of their most popular drinks. As the passion for tea in Japan grew, so too did the wealth and prestige of those involved in the trade, and as tea began to mix with privilege, wealth, and the Zen Buddhism lifestyle - the tea ceremony was born.

As is true with other ceremonies that have an association with the Zen school of Buddhism, the ceremony using tea is meant to impart physical, spiritual and emotional insights and blessings. Used as a catalyst to build bridges with others and to gain insights into the core of one's being, this ceremony has deep significance. Often, it is considered to be one where truth in some form will be acknowledged, whether rediscovering old perceptions of truth, or uncovering a new perception of a truth for the first time. To be invited to participate in this sort of ceremony is considered an honor and also a sign of unity with the host.

Now that you know some of the basic history behind Japanese tea ceremonies, you are probably wondering where you can go to experience such a wonderful and unforgettable event. Well, as with everything culturally based, your best place to start is in your nearest major metropolitan area. If your closest city has a large Japanese population, there are sure to be several places where you can experience this ceremony of tea, but even cities that lack a major Japanese influence will still have one or two places where you can participate in a ceremony. On the other hand, if you really want to see a real, professionally done tea ceremony, you really have to take a trip to Japan so you can fall in love with tea all over again thanks to the beauty and simplicity of the ceremony.
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