Elements of Tea
Tea Ceremony Demonstration
7:00 PM Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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Elements of Tea
Chanoyu (the Tea Ceremony) is a multifaceted art form developed in Japan over 800 years, an expression of hospitality, a school of movement and manners, and a compendium of the Japanese arts – garden architecture, carpentry and woodworking, painting and calligraphy, flower arrangement of a certain kind, pottery, cultivation and preparation of powered tea, Tea sweets, seasonal procedures and much more.
The Hammond Tea Club, the Ryusuikai, will present digital programs on the fourth Tuesday of the month examining the individual elements of Chanoyu to understand how they contribute to the ceremony, then in the spring of 2022, we will gather in the Hammond garden to bring the elements together in the celebration of an actual chanoyu.
The first Episode, an Introduction and Overview of the series and the Tea Ceremony components, will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 pm.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
The Japanese Tea Ceremony, or Chanoyu, originated in 16th century Japan. This was a period of intense creative turmoil as trade opened up Japan to new ideas from China, Korea and India.
Chanoyu developed from the highlight of Chinese culture during the Sung Dynasty, serving a refined powdered green tea called matcha . This was the time when Zen was also introduced to Japan as its distillation of Chan Buddhism. It was Sen Rikyu who perfected Chanoyu in the late 16th century as the special art form of Japan as it is known today.
The basic idea of Chanoyu is to invite guests and enjoy a get-together for tea. The garden is beautifully trimmed and swept. The tea room is simple, yet artistically decorated. Burning incense adds fragrance to the flowers which are beautifully arranged.
Here you can enjoy the quiet atmosphere to share friendships. Forgetting the harshness of life outside, one can enjoy the refreshing aroma and flavor of powdered green tea.