Tea… is a religion of the art of life – Okakura Kakuzō
The ancient tea plant is believed to have found it’s way from China to Japan in the 9th century. By the 12th century the art of Tencha, preparing and drinking matcha as a transformative spiritual practice, began to develop.
The tea ceremony is an event where participants reflect on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility, and flux. Temae, the practices of an authentic Chaji, or formal tea ceremony, take years of study to master. However, anyone who is inspired by the practice may gather to enjoy informal tea ceremony, or Chakai.
To have your own divine Matcha experience…
Set the Space
Hanging scroll element—To mark the theme of the occasion it is customary to begin the ceremony by contemplating visual inspiration. This could be an image, a poem, or even a single word.
Flower arrangement—Chabana, tea flowers, “should be ‘thrown in’ to a vessel so that they appear as they would if they were still naturally flowering” –this is often very simple, perhaps even a single flower.
Gather your tea tackle
Matcha Whisk— or Chasen, is delicate and carved from a single piece of bamboo.
Tea Bowl— or Chawan, customarily shallow for summer and deep for cooler months.
*fine point* traditionally bowls are valued for the irregularities and imperfections they develop over time, so next time you chip a tea cup, think of it as your new perfect matcha vessel.
Matcha Scoop— or Chashaku, a hooked bamboo spoon for measuring your matcha.
And of course you will need
Matcha— or Chanoyo, finely powered green tea.
To make the perfect cup of matcha
2 scoops of matcha directly in bowl + Hot Water (less than boiling) + Whisk to frothy perfection
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Photos by Anna Kariel Photography