Today I attended my first ever Japanese Tea Ceremony, and it was so enjoyable.
I really admire how the Japanese have managed to preserve this cultural ritual and pass it down the generations. I also respect how they put so much attention on the details of "how" to do something and get satisfaction from that. I think it must force them to live in the moment and not think about the end result so much. Maybe a good lesson for many of us-- me, especially!
The tea ceremony starts when you put on these wooden sandals (a little better fit than my others from Challenge 23) and walk across a stone path to a water well.
There you wash your hands and face.
From there, you climb through a tiny munchkin door into the Tea Room, which is considered a sacred space.
Once inside, the Tea Master explains the meaning behind the ritual and instructs how to drink the tea properly.
Turns out that it's a very complicated process involving the direction of the cup, the way you hold it, and how many slurps you can take (31/2 to be exact) You also have to be solemn and whisper to your neighbor a phrase in Japanese which translates, "I'm sorry to be drinking this tea before you."
In addition, this tea is like no other I've ever had before. It looks a little like green paint, right?
The taste? Like freshly cut grass, I imagine!
I'm smiling, but my knees are killing me!
Overall, it was so fun and informative. Have you ever been to a traditional Tea Ceremony? If so, how did you sit like that for so long is what I wanna know!