Learn Japanese Culture from Tea Ceremony Manners

When it comes to tea ceremony, the image that “have a cup of tea” is strong.

Of course, in order to enjoy tea, the manners and the flow of tea ceremony are fixed.

However, the most important thing in both the teaching of the tea ceremony and the tea ceremony is to “take care of oneself and the other person” and there are manners to express this thought.

If you act like “I want to treasure you.”, your feelings will be conveyed to the other person.

This makes the other person feel “I want to cherish you.” and they act to express that feeling.

1: Show gratitude and respect for each action you receive from others.



In the tea ceremony, when you participate in a tea ceremony or practice, you bow one by one for the actions you receive from the other person.

The bow has a meaning and there are different kinds depending on the scene.

It’s hard to remember everything, but the essence of bowing is “Appreciation and respect for others”.

For example, when you are served sweets, when you drink tea, when you join with several people and have sweets or tea first.

At such times, you bow to express “Appreciation and respect for others” each time.

These thoughts and actions can be fully utilized in daily life.

2: To invite people in, create a comfortable space and environment.



In the tea room of a tea ceremony, only the minimum necessary things are displayed, and the arrangement and cleaning are thoroughly done.

Part of the reason is to make them feel good.

By making the space and environment where you spend time together clean, you can express your intention to “I want my precious you to have a comfortable time.” to the other person.

This is communicated to the other person, who is conscious “so that we can have a pleasant time together” without easily disturbing the space or environment.

If we can develop a sense of mutual respect, that will change into action and behavior will change.

3: Adjust according to TPO and do not disturb the harmony.



In the tea ceremony, you need to change your clothes according to the theme of the tea ceremony and the season.

At a tea ceremony, I avoid anything that might interfere with it, because, above all, I want to “Enjoy the tea deliciously with everyone.”.

For example, in order to enhance the scent of tea, I refrain from using too strong perfume.

In order not to damage tea ceremony tools, I refrain from using accessories or nails that are too flashy.

This is not my opinion, but the host, such as the host Hanto, thinks and acts in harmony with the customers who are participating together.

Also, if the fashion is too showy when you participate in the tea ceremony, you will stand out alone.

They think about harmony with each other and choose fashion.

For example, you don’t want to go to the office where you work hard and play in private.

Also, even in private, outdoor and indoor activities, the appearance changes.

For example, if you go out and do a BBQ in a fashion that’s hard to move around in, some people question your behavior.

In this way, changing your fashion while thinking about the people and space you will spend together will lead to compassion for the other person.

4: If you want to make a profit before  the other person, add a word.



In tea ceremony of tea ceremony, basically, sweets and tea are brought in order.

For example, when you eat sweets or tea before the other person, you bow to the person next to you, saying, “After you.” and express the feeling that you eat first.

This is because it does not give the impression of arrogance such as “It is natural that I should be prioritized first.” depending on the order.

This is because the teaching of “be equal in all classes” is the basis of tea ceremony.

That is why such consideration is necessary. This can be used not only for tea parties but also for other things.

For example, when you are on an elevator, you might stop on a certain floor.

That is the case that some people wanted to get on the elevator, but the number of people was limited and they couldn’t get on it.

If you tell him or her, “Excuse me for leaving before you.” and close the elevator, he or she will think, “You’ve been so considerate.”.

Of course, even if you are not at fault, if you have a visible benefit to the other person, the impression is different if you think about the other person and have a word of concern.

5: Don’t forget to greet and thank each scene.



In tea ceremony, greetings and words are important.

For example, one of the manners of tea ceremony is to bow in a different way or meaning.

There are 3 kinds of bows in Urasenke.

It is to use a bow to greet or express gratitude to people in different situations.

This can also be used in daily life.

For example, you should greet each other when you meet them, and think “After you.” when you do something first.

Can be used in daily life! Tips for Better Relationships



How do you like it? Tea ceremony etiquette and philosophy are based on the idea that “take care of others as well as people”.

In a normal tea ceremony class, you practice the manners over and over again so that you can learn them naturally.

In other words, the idea is that you enter from the mold, and gradually the contents of yourself become like that.

For example, if you are conscious of being polite to others, you can give them the impression that “This person cares for me”.

When you tell them how you feel, they feel good, not bad.

That “Let’s take care of the other person.”  being treated politely.

In other words, to some extent, you can manipulate your actions, your thoughts, and the impressions you give them.

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