connection exists between the Japanese and tea. This time we would like to
introduce Cha- no- yu, one of the
artistic representations of Japanese culture.
Cha-no-yu, also is called Sado (Chado), is the traditional way of preparing and drinking tea.
In Cha- no-yu, special powdered tea ( Matcha), different from ordinary
Japanese green tea, is used.
powdered tea ( Matcha) is put into a
tea bowl, and hot water is poured on it, then mixed and whipped with Chasen (Tea whisk made of bamboo),
finally guests drink it.
tea came to Japan from China in 7th – 9th century, and at
that time tea was used for medical application. In 16th century
Sen-no-Rikyu, who is called as the tea master, developed original Japanese way
of serving tea, which is the origin of Cha-
Zen Buddhism they have a concept of “Ichigo-Ichie”,
which means every single encounter is very important because you may never meet
her/him again. To express thanks for such an important encounter, the host
arranges garden, tea room, utensils, and meal for guests.
Cha-no-yu is not only just drinking
tea but also a cultural expression of hospitality for guests.
Cha- no- yu is held in special tea rooms. There are
wonderful tea rooms in Funabashi city as listed below.
the 2nd Friday of every month, you can visit the tea room, where you
can drink free Matcha with Wagashi (Japanese sweets) and see around
the tea room. You should try once.
2nd Friday of every month
10am- 3 pm
Center, Funabashi Square Building 5th floor. 2-1-1, Hon-cho Funabashi
to south from JR Funabashi sta.