Matcha and the Japanese tea ceremony go hand in hand.
Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese.
This choreographic ritual of preparing and serving the Japanese Matcha green tea with absolute precision and fluidity represent many Japanese culture and symbolism.
Simplistically speaking, the Japanese tea ceremony starts with cleaning tea utensils, then serving the tea and then cleaning the tea utensils. Every gesture from the host and the guest, the placement and angle of tea utensils are performed with measured precision, and varied from men to women, season to season, and time of the day.
The Japanese tea ceremony is not about drinking tea, but about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart.
During a Japanese tea ceremony, one only murmurs, if words must be spoken. This solemn ritual is about everything except words.
It can take years to master the art of Japanese tea ceremonies. With practice, students can earn certificates on performing Japanese tea ceremony, gradually mastering each of the temae – the steps used during a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Even after acquiring numerous certificates, students can spend their lifetime in pursuit of perfecting chanoyu.
The Japanese tea ceremony is often accompanied small traditional Japanese sweets.
This is a short clip of the full Japanese tea ceremony performed in Sydney 2012. The entire ceremony lasted about 20 minutes.
This article is part of the “Explore Matcha” mini-series. It is designed to give you short and sweet dose of tea info.
Explore Matcha series covers –
- What is Matcha
- Matcha, Traditionally
- Matcha Recipes (kitkat, tiramisu and more)
- Let’s Go Matcha Crazy