Tea Ceremony, matcha tea, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Tea Ceremony, matcha tea, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

While I was in Kyoto, Japan, I was able to attend a tea ceremony with a Belgian Japanese tea instructor and tea ceremony teacher in the Enshū school, Tyas Sōsen. He also owns The Tea Crane (www.the-tea-crane.com), a premium, organic and natural Japanese tea company. Tyas was assisted by Stephen Sōshun, a Junior Assistant Grand Master. The entire ceremony lasted about two hours and involved the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. As Tyas prepared the tea, his assistant Stephen instructed me about the various rituals associated with the ceremony and how to take the tea. The tea ceremony literally translates as 'way of tea' in Japanese.

Tyas is located at 374-1 Miyagawasuji 6-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0801. The tea ceremony can be booked online at https://www.tea-ceremony-kyoto.com/reservations. 

 Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Tyas Sōsen & Stephen Sōshun, Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Tyas Sōsen & Stephen Sōshun, Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

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