Ceremonial Tea

When people think of a tea ceremony, many think of the Chanoyu in Japan. Others say that “gongfu cha” is a ceremony. Plus many Asian countries have ceremonies for enjoying tea, such as Darye in Korea. (Some folks say that the only true tea ceremony is the Chanoyu in Japan, that the ones in other …

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Chanoyu: An Overview of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

It's been around for centuries and has adherents who have devoted their lives to its study. So let’s admit right up front that chanoyu – more commonly known as the Japanese tea ceremony - is not a tradition whose many and varied intricacies can be dealt with in a space as short as this. But …

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Make Mine Matcha

Once upon a time, tea drinkers in the West would not likely have had ready access to a type of Japanese green tea called matcha. Those who did probably did so thanks to their participation in Chanoyu, which is more commonly known as the Japanese tea ceremony. Until relatively recently this was one of the …

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Book Review — “Cha-No-Yu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony” by A.L. Sadler

While I may be the tea expert in my small circle of family and friends, I am repeatedly humbled by those out there whose knowledge vastly surpasses my own. I know what I like, and a little bit about the industry, but feel that there is always so much more that I still need to …

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Tea Accoutrements

by Stephanie Hanson One of the great pleasures of afternoon tea is surveying a beautifully set tea table. From the beginning, the vessels used in the preparation of tea have played nearly as major a role as the leaf itself. Think of the formal order of the Japanese tea ceremony, for example. The basic preparation …

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