Posts Tagged ‘Sen no Rikyu’

The Way of Tea

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
The traditional Japanese tea is used throughout the year to celebrate and make offerings. Photo: Helen Hasenfeld.

The traditional Japanese tea is used throughout the year to celebrate and make offerings. Photo: Helen Hasenfeld.

As a long time tour leader in Japan, I have taken many Smithsonian Journeys participants to Tea events. I love to introduce the many unspoken aspects of Tea (Sado, the Way of Tea) to visitors from abroad. As I look back at my years as a student of Tea, I realize how much it has taught me about art, ceramics, gardens, calligraphy, and great food in my adopted city of Kyoto.  When I first began studying tea, I assumed that I would master the basics in about a year. Now, years later, I find myself only beginning to understand that both the world of tea as well as the country of Japan, hold many treasures and surprises for those who take the time to look. (more…)