Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu)
Arrange a large area where everyone can gather on the floor. Cushions may
be arranged for guests to sit upon. Set up all the materials you are going
to use for the tea ceremony at the front of the group so that your guests
can watch the process. You should have the water heating at this point.
(To authenticate this ceremony even more wear a kimono.) Invite your guests
to come and sit upon the cushions.
pottery tea bowl
sweets: fresh cake or rice cake
utensils: ladle, bamboo stirrer, spoon
red silk napkin
white linen cloth
powdered green tea
cups (one for each person)
kimono for Leader (optional)
Directions for tea ceremony:
Note: Japanese women and girls are gentle graceful and very polite! Challenge
the girls to be truly Japanese for a whole evening: polite, considerate,
Bow to your guests and welcome them. "Yopku irasshaimashita" means welcome.
Call each guest by their last name, always adding the word SAN, a term
of affection. Example: Liz Watts would be Watts-san.
Serve guests a small rice cake or sweet. When the leader says, "Orakuni,"
or "Please relax," the guests begin to eat their sweets.
Prepare utensils: Clean the ladle (chashaku) with a red silk napkin. Wipe
the rim of the pottery bowl (chawan) with a white linen cloth. Warm the
pottery bowl with hot water. Pour out the hot water.
Spoon the powdered green tea (ocha) into the pottery bowl.
Ladle the boiling water into the bowl and stir vigorously with the stirrer
until the tea foams.
Ladle the tea into cups or bowls for the students.
Guests bow and sip the tea.
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