1. Tokyo: Practicing Zen through Tea Ceremony
Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and learn about Zen Buddhism. Enjoy matcha green tea and Japanese sweets as you find out more about the art of the tea ceremony from an expert. After the first ceremony, have a go for yourself with guidance from your instructor. Discover the intricate practices of the Japanese tea ceremony. Watch how your instructor prepares matcha green tea and the movements that accompany this artform. Savor traditional sweets and a cup of tea before you try to recreate the ceremony for yourself. Stay comfortable! Seats are available for guests who prefer not to sit on the floor! Learn about the specific utensils involved and about all of the different aspects of the ceremony. Find out how it's connected with Zen Buddhism and about the important role that it plays in certain parts of Japanese society.