Carpe Diem #1146 Day 6 – Japanese Tea Ceremony

Carpe Diem #1146  Day 6 – Japanese Tea Ceremony

This month at Carpe Diem I’m exploring the “Motherland” of haiku, Japan.

Today we are taking a look at a Japanese Cultural

What is a Japanese Tea Ceremony?

The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha powdered green tea.

In Japanese, it is called chanoyu or sado, chado while the manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called (o)temae.

Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.


Photo Credit

The elaborate and refined Japanese tea ceremony is meant to demonstrate respect through grace and good etiquette as demonstrated above by Genshitsu Sen, 15th Grand Master of the Urasenke Tea School

I found this interesting below what Chèvrefeuille wrote on Blogger, the link is at the top of this post.

The tea is drunk from one bowl that we share with each other.

I take three sips, make the edge clean and turn the tea bowl three strokes while I have it on my palm.

Then I give the tea bowl to the young woman.

She takes the tea bowl with a bow and takes three sips.

She also makes the edge clean and turns the bowl three strokes before she gives it back to Rykyu.


Photo Credit                        Japanese Garden Teahouse

My Tanka – Japanese Tea Ceremony

beautiful culture

the tea drinking ceremony

three sips from tea bowl

prefer my tea from a cup

that my lips only have been


  1. I have read or watched a movie including the Japanese Tea Ceremony a few times over the years. I haven’t gone looking for it, it has crossed my path. It’s almost sacred I think, quite the ritual. I believe I read someplace that you have to take classes to get all the nuances associated with it down pat. What a horror it would be to go off script, because this ceremony has great significance.

    Quite honestly, I’m not a great fan of green tea, and like you, not keen to drink from the same tiny cup as other people who I don’t know. Interestingly enough, to me at least; if my family wanted to have a ceremony such as this, I could see myself slobbering in the cup right along with them. I suspect “trust” is part of the script!


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