Christie Herbert and I are sitting in the student lounge tonight supporting students as they work on their projects or prepare for tomorrow’s test. Meanwhile we have a blog written by Madison Pryer describing our group’s experience at a tea ceremony in Kyoto a few days ago.
On Wednesday, while in Kyoto we went to a traditional tea ceremony. We waited outside the small venue on a side street getting soaked by the rain. Hanging above the doorway there was a wooden sign that read, Tea Ceremony En. I was very excited to be a part of and learn the process of the ceremony. Before we could go in we were told to take off our shoes (as you would in a temple). Once we were all inside and had removed our shoes, the tea ceremony began. We all sat cross legged on the floor and we watched the demonstration and listened to the instructions carefully. I was captivated the whole time. I found the movements to be very relaxing. Then we got to make the green tea ourselves. The green tea was incredible; it didn’t need any sweetener.