Tea culture is deeply rooted in Japan, and it goes back a long time. The Japanese tea ceremony comes from Zen philosophy, where the beverage has a lot more meaning than a simple drink for the people. Japanese calligraphy, or decorative handwriting, also has deep connections with tea ceremonies. Drinking tea in the country is a ritual that has many spiritual meanings. Traditionally, tea gatherings used to be held in minimalist tearooms that were decorated with seasonal flowers, hanging scrolls, and tatami mats. There can be both formal gatherings (chaji) and informal gatherings (chakai). A chaji may even be followed by a full-course meal.
What is a Japanese tea ceremony? Referred to as sadō/chadō or chanoyu, it is a popular cultural activity in the country that involves the ceremonial preparation and also presentation of powdered green tea. This procedure is called temae. Tea is a popular drink in other countries as well, like India and Britain, but the Japanese traditional tea ceremony is different because it is rarely a ceremonial practice in those countries.
Okakura Kakuzō coined the term "Teaism" to refer to the unique Japanese tea ceremony. It is not just an occasion to drink the beverage or a gathering of people for socializing. It has deep-rooted spiritual connections to Zen Buddhism, which was a primary influence.
Japanese calligraphy writing, which is also called shodō, is a form of artistic writing. This is a beautiful piece of visual art that uses an ink brush and pen to execute the lettering in a stunning way. Traditional Japanese calligraphy can be seen in the tearoom as well as in the country. Hanging scrolls are displayed that feature either a calligraphic phrase or a calligraphy poem. There can also be only a single character that is written using a calligraphy brush. Some hanging scrolls may also have a Japanese calligraphy symbol or a photo of the season. It may even display the theme of the tea ceremony.
Masters of the tea ceremonies have preferred to be perfect in their ceramics, tea utensils, and calligraphy scrolls. It is believed that if the ink is bleeded deeply into the silk cloth or the paper, then the characters can become unreadable.
Elegant Japanese calligraphy is an intrinsic part of the tea ceremonies in the country. In fact, the art of Japanese tea ceremony won’t be the same if the hanging scrolls with the beautiful calligraphy work aren't there. And not just the scrolls; you will find this elegant artwork also in the tea scoops and the tea bowls. Many hosts find unique ways to include calligraphy in the tearooms to make the occasion more beautiful and delightful.
There have been many famous Japanese calligraphers who have refined and redefined the work, like Konoe Nobutada, Onoe Saishu, Ingen Ryuki, Aizu Yaichi, and Mitsuo Aida.
Drinking tea is a very serious matter in Japan. Here are some interesting facts about the tea ceremony:
If you have ever thought that Green Tea is an “acquired taste” or that it is “too bitter” to enjoy, we’re here to change your mind! We want everyone to experience the health benefits of Green Tea and show you that this can be an amazing, refreshing, and delicious drink when made correctly. With just a few tips on how to brew this powerful leaf we can change your mind about the taste and enjoyment of drinking Green Tea.
Don’t miss out on the health benefits of tea!
We know that you will love these tips for brewing tea and getting the most flavor and elegance out of every cup. Sign up for the Free Japanese Green Tea Club and get this great informative manual on brewing green tea. You will learn what it is that makes it one of the most popular beverages in the world.
Sign up for Green Tea Club to Get The Two Books for Free.
Sign up free to Green Tea Club to get tips and exclusive articles about how to use your matcha and green tea for a healthy lifestyle. Green Tea Club is hosted by Kei Nishida, Author of Cook with Matcha and Green Tea and CEO of Japanese Green Tea Company.
Get free E-book "Green Tea Science – 12 Scientific Tips for Brewing Green Tea To Taste Better" By Kei Nishida - Value $9.99
Get free E-book "Matcha Lover's 21st Century Recipe Collection" By Kei Nishida (42 pages recipe book) - Value $9.99
Get immediate access to 10% Off coupon for your first order and access to Exclusive Coupons and Specials - Value $50+
Monthly Giveaways - Value $50+
Access to New Green Tea Recipe and Health Articles - Value $50+
Unsubscribe anytime. It’s free!
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Learn more about the hard work that went into making our appealing homepage video by seeing the process behind its creation.
Taste the delectable blend of Japanese green tea and ginger. Learn how to add a wonderful kick of spice and flavor to your tea.