What Is Japanese Tea Ceremony?

Japanese Culture

The Japanese tea ceremony is a Japanese tradition steeped in history. It is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea typically in a traditional tearoom with tatami floor.

Beyond just serving and receiving tea, one of the main purposes of the tea ceremony is for the guests to enjoy the hospitality of the host.

Tea was introduced to Japan in the 8th century from China and was drunk as a medicinal beverage mainly amongst priests and the upper class.

In Muromachi period, a more refined version of tea parties developed.

It is a tea ceremony that expresses simplicity and spirituality based on Zen teaching.

It is from these gatherings that the tea ceremony has its origins.

Japanese ware “Bizen ware”

Bizen ware is a stoneware produced in Okayama prefecture.

Bizen ware is said to have been created by developing and changing the “Sueki ware” that was produced from Korea during the Kofun period.

It is characterized by a strong reddish taste that is tightly tightened without using any glaze.

Bizen ware produced by the nature of the soil, changes in the temperature of the kiln, and ash and charcoal during firing does not have the same color and pattern.

It is said that the more you use it, the more it tastes, and it is not flashy, but you will never get tired of it.

Japanese ware “Chosen Karatsu”

Karatsu ware is a pottery produced in a kiln in Saga prefecture.

Karatsu ware is characterized by its rustic appearance.

Karatsu ware is designated as a traditional Japanese craft.

“Chosen Karatsu” is one of the Karatsu ware.

Chosen Karatsu is made by pouring a black iron glaze from above and a white straw ash below.

In Chosen Karatsu, the glaze naturally melts in the kiln and draws a unique pattern.