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June 21, 2004

Japanese Tea Ceremony

While questing around on the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse site I found the following announcement for the preformance of a Japanese Tea Ceremony and was very pleased to see that it would take place while I was in Boulder. I immediately called and ordered a ticket.

Chado - The Japanese Tea Ceremony with The Kita Sokyu- Shacyu Tea Group Saturday June 19 - 6:00pm

This is a great opportunity to witness the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, presented by the Kita Sokyo-Shacyu Tea Group. The demonstration will include explanation of the history of the tea ceremony and its cultural significance. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to taste the special whisked tea prepared in the ceremony.

Kita Shachu Tea Group has conducted performances at various locations and events, including: The Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanical Gardens, and The Japan America Society.

I arrived at the Teahouse early, I hate being late, and was able to grab the best seat for me - one that is close to the front on the right. It turned out to be a lucky choice as I was selected by the performers to act as a guest at the ceremony. I was the second guest at the koicha (thick tea) ceremony and had to follow the actions of the first guest as closely as I could.

The Matcha green tea is wisked rather then steeped as in the familiar English Tea. The Matcha site has posted pictures that show how very bright green this tea is actually. Apparently Matcha is filled with caffeine and I had a total buzz when I left the ceremony. The pictures below show some of the utensils used during the ceremony. Check out the utensils link for drawings, names, and general information about each. Oh and I am the women in the bright pink jacket holding the delicate white bowl to her lips.

After the koicha ceremony a usucha (thin tea) ceremony was performed and tea was passed to all of the remaining viewers of the performance. This website gives step by step instructions for performing the usucha ceremony that appear to be consistent with what I saw at the Teahouse. The ceremony appeared to be much the same as what had been done when making koicha tea.

Oh and the fellow who keeps appearing behind the performers is the manager of the Teahouse. He was apparently oblivious to the fact that he was in ever frame, filmed or not.

This site offers far more information on the tea ceremony then I gleaned from watching alone.

Posted by prolurkr at June 21, 2004 11:20 PM

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