I have been teaching the “Omotenashi Tea Ceremony” that I have uniquely created to various students from Kanto to Kansai.
Some of the students are beginners and some are experienced, and I customize the content of the lesson depending on the case.
Thanks to their support, I have received many comments such as, “That was fun! I want to learn more about tea ceremony! I would like to learn more about tea ceremony!
I would like to share with you some of the important things that I teach to students who are about to enter the workforce.
(*This is an actual online course for a student group.)
１：To have a perspective on how to have fun.
When you think of the tea ceremony, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed, and when you are practicing, you will run into various obstacles.
In such a situation, it is recommended to have a perspective of “how can I enjoy it” without challenging head-on.
For example, if you are practicing a difficult tea ceremony, you can try to make it more enjoyable for yourself by saying, “I will reward myself with some delicious sweets after I complete the lesson.
This will open up a new perspective and make it easier for you to get out of the narrow place.
I have to admit that I am not extremely good at tea ceremony.
It was the stories that my teacher would tell me after each lesson that got me interested in and loving the tea ceremony until I made it my career.
Anyway, this was interesting.
“What is the meaning of the axis of this tea ceremony, the related tools, its history, and what kind of thought went into its composition?
At the time, I was probably the most interested person in the group, and I really loved it.
When you find your own “enjoyment” point like this, your mind will be enriched.
２：Everything has a background and meaning
It is quite obvious, but it took me quite a long time to realize how interesting it is that “everything has a background and meaning.
It took me quite a while to realize that everything has a background and meaning.
So, why was I so bad at studying?
One of the things I realized is that I could not have a deep interest in the subject from the point of view of “what is the background connected to” and “what meaning does it have?
I don’t know the details of what is going on in school education today, but “just memorizing things efficiently in a short period of time” was not enough for me to remember.
This made it very difficult for me to apply and to think for myself.
If I had the perspective that “everything has a background and meaning,” I would have been able to understand more deeply what the teachers who worked so hard to teach us were saying.
３：Have a dream or something you like to do, no matter what it is
I believe that it is very important to have a dream or something that you like to do, no matter what it is.
Actually, my tea ceremony activities started when I was a student.
One of my friends said to me, “Mika, if you have been doing tea ceremony, why don’t you hold a tea ceremony party in a casual atmosphere?
Then, as I continued to enjoy doing it myself, it quickly spread and took me to unexpected experiences.
I was really just having fun.
Of course, I have continued to brush up on my skills through trial and error, trying to figure out what would satisfy the participants and what they are looking for.
But it’s been very, very fun for me!
At the time, I was met with skepticism, even from my family.
At the time, I was met with skepticism from my family, who said, “You have to be rich, have money, and be a great teacher to have a tea ceremony class.
“It’s ridiculous to make a career out of tea ceremony.
“There are Iemoto and other famous families in the tea ceremony, but a girl like you who is not smart can’t do it.
But I’m actually making a career out of the tea ceremony, and now even people from overseas are saying, “It’s fun! “I want to attend Mika’s tea ceremony events again!” “I want to attend your tea ceremony events again!” “I want to hear more about it! I want to attend Mika’s tea ceremony events again!
So, if you are a student, if you have a dream or something you like to do.
Please don’t destroy it.
You don’t have to force yourself to tell anyone, and you don’t have to persuade people who don’t understand.
First, nurture that love within yourself. I am sure it will be something that will help you in your long life.
What I’m telling you young people is what I wish I had said then！
Looking back, what I value most when I speak to students.
It is “what I wanted to hear and say when I was a student.
Even now, I always keep that perspective in mind as I organize various programs and events.
To the young students who will be working in the future.
Please have a dream and stay positive! I will support you from the bottom of my heart.