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Experiencing a Japanese Tea Ceremony in Shibuya

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先日の茶会@渋谷の英語版です。

Event of tea ceremony in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The other day I hold an event to make and drink matcha tea(powered green tea).

This is a test version and I just invited few friends of mine, but they invited their family and friends, so the party rocked 😀

Access

Here is the place. This building has a Japanese style room.
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The inside is like this. It’s typically Japanese style.DSC_0115

This building is right in front of PARCO, a shopping mall for younger generation, and GAP. This contrast of pop and traditional culture is kinda interesting.DSC_0023

Atmosphere

My friends are drinking tea and eating sweets. We talked a lot about small things like gossip, though a typical tea ceremony doesn’t allow that 😀2015-12-19-13-59-51_deco

My style of tea ceremony is very casual. Generally we Japanese are scared when it comes to tea ceremony, because some of experts of this field can tell you off if you do anything wrong. But in my event you can be relaxed and I could explain how you behave if you want to know.12363235_916421158446655_8472961115493693854_o

Making tea on your own

He sometimes makes tea at home though he hasn’t experienced tea ceremony. He liked this event in casual style.12370909_916421918446579_1429017560457926293_o

She doesn’t even makes tea nor attend tea ceremony usually. She was delighted to go into this world of Japanese culture. As you may know, Japanese people don’t have many occasions to be exposed to our traditional culture if you dare to try.10295047_916421198446651_1128758088077094698_o

She used to learn tea ceremony for 5 years since she was a student. She hasn’t done this for a long time after that, but she enjoyed it as she recalls what she learned and practiced.10604645_916421825113255_629632485192470898_o

This is me. I often wear Kimono, Japanese traditional clothes like this, even if I don’t do anything about Japanese culture the day. I even go to Starbucks in Kimono 🙂20151221chakai1

 

Sweets

These scones are what I baked. Basically we use Japanese-style sweets for tea ceremony, but this time is special because I wanted to make it casual. As I said, many of Japanese aren’t exposed to Japanese culture usually, and it’s kinda “new” to us, too. So if the room is new, behaviour is new, and tea and sweets are new, they might be tired. I westernised a part of it to relax them 🙂

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You could join us from next time on.

You could make a comment if you’re interested 😉

I could provide an explanation in English, about how you behave in this room, and how you drink tea and eat sweets.

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