My earliest interest in the Japanese tea ceremony was Japanese sweets.
Many Japanese do not know the essence of what the tea ceremony is all about
I first came into contact with the Japanese tea ceremony when I was in the first year of junior high school, when I was about 13 years old.
Until then, I had no idea what the Japanese tea ceremony was all about.
All I knew was the image of drinking tea in a Japanese-style space that Japanese TV, cartoons, and magazines sometimes transmit.
I didn’t even know that you had to sit in seiza.
The trigger was coincidence.
However, by chance, there was a tea room at school and a club activity to learn the Japanese tea ceremony, so I went there with my friends to experience it.
I don’t remember much about it at the time, but I do remember that it was a very relaxing and comfortable space.
In that experience, I was actually served Japanese sweets and drank matcha tea.
It was a school with very strict school rules, so I was very happy to be able to have delicious Japanese sweets at the end of class, and I decided to join the Japanese tea ceremony club.
When I actually join the club, I go on a set day and receive direct instruction from the head teacher, who is dressed in a kimono.
Then, after the instruction, the teacher will talk about various topics related to the tea ceremony.
For example, they would talk in detail about the “content” of the tea ceremony, such as its history, the theme of the tea room today, and the meaning of the items he had prepared.
I especially loved hearing that story from the teacher every time.
I also began to study the tea ceremony myself by going to the library and reading various books on the Japanese tea ceremony.
This is how I got started in teaching the Japanese tea ceremony today.