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茶道体験 En Tea Ceremony Experience En

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  • Gion / Kiyomizu-dera Temple Area
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Gion / Kiyomizu-dera Temple Area
272, Matsubara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
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From 1 to 3 January
Date of post:2015/11/24

How about a cup of green tea?

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Kyoto is famous for the production of green tea.

Wherever you go to in Kyoto you’ll see beverages, sweets, candies, ice cream, and noodles that have powdered green tea in some portion of ingredients.
You may wonder why tea? Because green tea was the most famous product of Kyoto and the traditional tea ceremony was established here.

Tea leaves were first introduced to Japan by missioners or priests from the Tang-dynasty China (an imperial dynasty of China; 618-907) in the middle of the 8th century and used as a medicine by monks or high ranked aristocrats.

The founder of Japanese Zen Buddhism Rinzai sect named Yosai/ Eisai MYOAN (Japanese buddhist priest known as "Yosai Zenji" 1141-1215) brought tea seeds from China and wrote a book “Kissa Yojo ki” to explain the medical effect of green tea. Another priest Myoe (a Japanese Buddhist monk 1173-1232) got these tea seeds from him and planted them in Kozanji temple when he was the abbot of that temple. At first, tea trees were planted only in Kyoto but gradually tea plantation spread throughout the country.

In the 15th century, the Japanese Buddhist monks, who had been to China to study, brought back the ritual of having a bowl of tea to Japan. This ritual had been transformed into a refined aesthetic cult in the latter middle of the 16th century by a great genius of art, Sen no Rikyu. The formula and etiquette instituted by Rikyu are still practiced by the various schools now.

As one of the experience of traditions of Kyoto, having a bowl of green tea is good, isn’t it?

I think you should enjoy tea the way you want. Kinkakuji, the temple of Golden pavilion, serves you a bowl of tasty green tea with a small Japanese sweet for 500 yen. This is the best for your first tasting experience pf green tea. If you want to have more sophisticated experience, there are shops and temples offering tea ceremony experiences. I will introduce one of them, named “EN” today. In this shop, you can experience the popular part of Tea Ceremony in English. In a small Japanese tatami room, hosts clad in Japanese traditional Kimono explain you the brief history of tea ceremony, utensils, meaning of every movement and so on while doing the whole course in 45 minutes. You can ask any questions any time. The atmosphere of the room is very friendly and you can really enjoy the time.It's alright to stretch your legs on tatami floors because it is very tiring to respect the formal way. The shop is in the famous Gion area, close to Yasaka shrine and it is a Kyo Machiya (traditional Kyoto house) style tea house. The fee is 2000 yen per person (cash only) and reservation is necessary in advance (on the same day will be possible.)

・ 2 minute walk from Chionin mae bus stop (bus#201,202,203,205)
・ 5 minute walk from Gion bus stop (bus#12,101,201,203,205,207)
・10 minute walk from Higashiyama subway station
”En” is located next to “Tenkaippin (天下一品)” noodle shop down the small alleyway

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