Tea ceremony in Japan is a special ritual of drinking tea together. This ritual originated in the Middle Ages and continues to exist in our time.
The first tea sprouts were brought to Japan by Yesi Mioan, a Buddhist monk. Previously, such ceremonies did not go beyond the imperial court and Buddhist ceremony. The ritual of drinking tea changed from time to time, but the deep respect for the drink never changed. The tea ceremony was developed by Murot Jyuko at the beginning of the 15th century. After that, Zo Takeno continued the tradition, adding teahouses and ceramic dishes to it. Zeo's student Takeno Sen-no-Rikyu added tea etiquette to everything. It was determined what you can talk about, what kind of conversations to conduct during the tea ceremony. After that, such an event with drinking tea turned into a small performance with decorations and conversations.
Tea ceremony house
The tea house should be located in the garden. Guests, before entering the house, leave their belongings, take off their shoes, hats in special rooms. In front of the house there is a stone path that looks like a mountain road. In front of the entrance to the house there is a well with water for ablution. The house itself looks simple, but at the same time unusual. The entrance to it is very low. This is done so that at the entrance a person seems to bow. Means that all worldly concerns should be left behind the threshold.
The tea-drinking utensils are the simplest, ceramic, rough processing and not decorated with anything. The set includes a box, a kettle, a bowl for general drinking, a spoon. When the guests entered the house, the water for tea is already warming up. The owner of the lodge greets the guests outside and is the last to enter the lodge. Guests are treated to a light meal before tea. After its adoption, the guests go outside to warm up. Then they return again for a joint tea party. The host silently prepares tea, and the guests listen to the sounds. Then the host bows and hands over the tea to the guest of honor. The guest takes the cup with his right hand, puts it on his left hand, nods to the next guest. So the bowl makes a circle. The next stage of the tea ceremony is conversation. It is not everyday topics that are discussed, but a dictum written on a scroll. When the conversation is over, the host bows to the guests and leaves the house.