THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY AT JU-AN
The Art of Tea par Excellence
The Japanese Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An is unique in Kyoto because it is the only Zen dedicated Chashitsu open to the public to experience the quintessential Japanese Tea Ceremony, the most exquisite form of the Art of Tea. Ju-An is a Chashitsu like those you will see in Temples and Shrines in Kyoto. It is a holy place.
Once you enter you are surrounded by calm, the charm of the garden, the koi fish pond and our Japanese Tea Room Ju-An. An Italian architect attending our Tea Ceremony Kyoto in 2015 defined Ju-An as an “architectural gem in historic Kyoto.”
VENUE & DIRECTIONS
MATCHA - HEALTH - JAPAN
Matcha is at the heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is, also, a potent healthy drink and is synonymous with Japan because it was invented here in Japan in the XIII century under the scrupulous attention to detail and perfection of the Samurai class.
ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT COMPARISON
Visitors to Temples and Shrines in Kyoto do not realise that somewhere tucked in a corner of the site there is a Japanese Tea Ceremony Room, a Chashitsu in Japanese. Most of them are not accessible and not even in the normal visitor's path around the site. Some, on the other hand, such as at the Kinkaku-ji Temple, will find the Tea Ceremony Room along the visitor's path with a brief translation in English, saying “Tea Room.” Invariably, they are not accessible to the public and are registered as Japan National Heritage Buildings.
The Chashitsu evolved with its typical architectural style in the Edo period (c.1600 AD). Its layout inside is canonical and follows largely Zen rules. Many of them have thatched roofs but others have gabled tiled roofs. The object of the chashitsu was to perform the Japanese Tea Ceremony in accordance with the teachings of its founder Sen no Rikyū, born in nearby Osaka but lived and died in Kyoto.
The Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An is a CHASHITSU. It is not a cafeteria (Kissaten) where you can experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) after a fashion, but a genuine and purpose-built Chashitsu.
In the autumn of 2015 our Chashitsu Ju-An was selected by a National Broadcasting Corporation of one Asia country to record the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The TV shooting took place in a famous Kyoto Temple and the Chanoyu was recorded in our Chashitsu Ju-An.
In the Spring of 2017 our Chashitsu Ju-An was also selected for a TV Documentary for the Thailand National Broadcasting Authority.
JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY EXPERIENCE AT JU-AN
The Ceremony runs daily and is conducted in English. You will learn the principles and inner workings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony ritual and you will also learn some Japanese words such as:
Wa - Kei - Sei - Jaku - Chashitsu - Chanoyu - Ichigo Ichie
Each Ceremony is divided in three parts:
Explanation of the Tea Ceremony and its history and cultural placing.
Demonstration of Tea Ceremony in quiet atmosphere.
Guidance on making and drinking matcha by yourself using a unique Japanese bamboo whisk, followed by a Japanese sweet and a going away donut/snack.
Sessions hourly between 11am to 5 pm
Each session lasts about 50 minutes.
Workshop size max. 6 guests
Price only ¥2000 per person
Children up to 14 half price, below 6 free.
You will also receive a personalised Certificate of Attendance to our Chashitsu Ju-An about two weeks after your Ceremony attendance.
The first part of the session is all about getting to know the history and Zen philosophy of the Japanese Tea Ceremony and how it fits in our Japanese society and culture as "the Way of Tea."
The second part of the session is where the tea sensei (teacher) performs the choreographed preparation of the bowl of matcha that over time has become a quintessential Japanese fine art performance.
The third part of the session is where you try to perform the bowl of matcha preparation by yourself under the guidance of the sensei. This practice is fun and instructive because it enables you to immerse yourself in the culture of "the Way of Tea."
The whole experience will provide you a lasting and lifelong memory of your visit to Kyoto and our bespoke chashitsu Ju-An
RENT A KIMONO
If you wish to attend wearing a kimono Ju-An does not offer a kimono rental service. You need to contact a kimono rental shop and make a reservation.
There is a Kimono shop in the Kyoto Tower building or you can contact YUMEYAKATA from here.
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