Attend an Authentic Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
take full part in a tranquil service of thick tea – true tea
In Kyoto’s Miyagawa-cho,
home to many apprentice-geisha,
Belgium-born Tyas Sosen and
England-born Stephen Soshun
welcome you to our beautiful
traditional tea-house for an
unforgettable and unusually
authentic Tea-ceremony experience.
What we offer
An Authentic Introduction to The-Rite-of-Tea
By means of observing just a few simple rules in making your essential contribution as a guest, for a while wholly immerse yourself in Tea ceremony. You will simultaneously learn how to demonstrate, by means of partaking from a single vessel, a humble and grateful respect for the presence of others.
Detailed Explanations and Guidance in English
Both instructors grew up in different parts of Europe. Having studied most aspects of the-rite-of-tea in Japanese, we have developed our own translations and explanations of this praxis, which we utilise to -- in a comprehensible way -- guide our guests through the many stages of one service.
A Deeper Understanding of Japanese Culture as a Whole.
The-rite-of-tea synthesises a great number of individual traditional Japanese arts. Through participating in a service of tea, you don't only learn about the service of tea, but also about the implements used, the arts and crafts related to this praxis, and several principal features of both Japanese culture and Japanese history.
Our Workshop is held in Kyoto’s Miyagawa-cho, which lies not far from the Kiyomizu Temple, and runs parallel to the eastern bank of the Kamo river.
This area is one of those renowned for being home to many apprentice-geisha [a.k.a. maiko]. Although the truly beautiful edifice in which our workshop is conducted was lavishly constructed only recently, its design basically follows that of the traditional dining-venues to which geisha have long been summoned to entertain their customers, there employing an idealized feminine elegance, flirtatious banter exchanged over thimbles of rice-wine, and supremely-expert classical dance-performances, in order to distract those customers from the cares they have left in the world outside.
The building thus provides a perfect location for an introduction to the even-more refreshingly unworldly practice – that of the rite of Tea. Attendance at this workshop also affords entry to an example of a Japanese urban environment that is otherwise accessible to only the wealthy, or powerful, or celebrated – an austerely-attractive playground intended for Japan’s élite.
This remarkable building can be reached from Kiyomizu-Gojo station on the Keihan main line: 1-minute walk from station-exit 5. (If coming from the JR Kyoto Station area, the station in question can instead be reached by taking a JR Nara-line train one stop down, to Tofukuji station, and there changing to a northbound train travelling back up the Keihan main line. Kiyomizu-Gojo is the second station from Tofukuji.)
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Workshop fee per person
(This fee covers the cost of (1) each guest’s portion of high-quality thick tea, (2) a hand-crafted, substantial, beautiful, and delicious moist sweetmeat fashioned to reflect a seasonal theme, and (3) a final individual serving of thin tea, plus (4) helpful and informative guidance provided whenever such seems mutually appropriate.)
Families of 5 persons and up get a discount. Inquire now. Inquire about group discounts, and workshops conducted away from our main location.
We are available on:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Available time-slots are:
11am – 12:30pm 2pm – 3:30pm 4:30pm – 6pm
1st May 2016 - 30th Apr 2017