The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a Zen practice that allows you to take a break, escape from day-to-day concerns and routines, and reconnect with yourself on a spiritual level.
The tea ceremony is based on four simple principles, along with a series of rituals whose ultimate goal is to create an intimate connection with those present. This is only possible once you have first achieved inner tranquility and peace.
The first principle is Harmony: the tea room is designed to coordinate harmoniously with the environment, and is always adorned with seasonal flowers. The décor and even the utensils must be in the same harmonious tones. The entrance to the tea room lies through a garden, in which there is always running water, flowers, and fish. The purpose of this environment is to entice you to relax.
The second principle is Respect: every guest, irrespective of their status, must bow upon entering the tea room to show their respect for the host. All utensils must be in sight, and the host must serve the sea so that every guest can watch him doing so. The idea is to create a spiritual and deconstructed environment.
The third principle is Purity: this means forgetting the mundane concerns of day-to-day life. It can be achieved by looking at the flowers, ceramics, calligraphy, and of course, the rituals being performed as the tea is served.
The final concept is tranquility, but this can only be achieved once the guests have let themselves be fully taken over by the first three; then, and only then, can they truly epitomize tranquility.
We hope the natural harmony of our tins and the purity of our matcha green tea will invite you to take a few moments out of your day to hold your own tea ceremony and enjoy quality time, whether alone or with friends.
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