Post by Hopu Ichiroyuusha on Mar 15, 2015 14:31:32 GMT -5
I know this has probably been asked a thousand times but could anyone provide resources on the traditional Tea Ceremony. Utensils, proper technique, everything. Videos would also be helpful. I'm headed to Japan and some of the families I visit are very deeply entrenched in the practice of Cha-do and I figured I might as well not look like a complete foreigner.
Post by Hopu Ichiroyuusha on Mar 16, 2015 18:30:57 GMT -5
Not much unfortunately. The only video I have been able to find is at my university library and is more of a short introduction barely spanning 15 minutes. It takes you through the broad steps of a tea ceremony, ritual behavior, and some of the meals that can be served. The books I have found are about the same, although most tend to go into the history rather than the practice. Utah seems to be a very barren place when it comes to Japanese culture.
How did your trip go? There are a whole bunch of tea "schools" which differ in details of procedure. School differences can include such things as how guests fold their hands while sitting. Ultimately though, tea should be just about making tea and serving it to guests. From the standpoint of the guest, tea is about receiving tea with gratitude.