2018年02月03日

'Jo-an' tea house, found in the northern end of Aichi Prefecture, is one of the three most noted tea houses in Japan.

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Old tea house Joan, gracefully standing in 'Urakuen' Japanese garden near Nagoya City, was originally built in Kyoto at the beginning of the 17th century. This tea house was initially for the treat of 'Oda Urakusai', who was one of the greatest masters of tea ceremony, and was used for his private purposes. However it was relocated here in Urakuen garden in 1972. This Japanese garden, which is opened to the public, is very well maintained to realize perfect surroundings harmonized with this precious tea house.
It's essential to offer an extraordinary experience to tea ceremony attendees. There are three great tea houses designated as a national treasure in Japan. This Jo-an aside, 'Tai-an' and 'Mitsu-an-seki' in Kyoto. The former was designed by 'Sen-no-Rikyu' and the latter was by 'Kobori Enshu', both of them are tea ceremony giants. The two pictureS show the exterior as well as interior of this prestigious tea house.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:40 | Tea ceremony | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年07月25日

The tea ceremony procedure mainly for serving weak green tea performed with tables and chairs instead of sitting on 'tatami' mats is called 'ryurei'.

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The authentic tea ceremony procedure completed in the 16th century is usually performed sitting upon 'tatami' mats. Nonetheless late in the 19th century when Japan's westernization started, the new etiquette of the tea ceremony carried out with tables and chairs names 'ryurei' was invented. Thanks to this new procedure, the tea ceremony turned to be able to be enjoyed by foreign people and young Japanese who are no good at sitting for long time on 'tatami' floor. Today, an open-air tea ceremony performed in a garden comes to employ this etiquette. In addition some of high ranking hotels in Tokyo show this kind of performance in the picture for inexpensive fee.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki

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