ABOUT THE WAY OF SENCHA
The "Way of Tea" Even the Japanese Don't Know
The Japanese "Way of Tea" (sadō) is ever striving to prepare
tea even more beautifully, even more deliciously. In addition to
the well-known Chanoyu, which uses Matcha (tea leaves
ground into a fine powder) during its ceremonies, there
exists "another" Way of Tea that even the Japanese do not
know much about ― the Way of Sencha (senchadō).
Highly appreciating a free, unbound spirit and the notion of hospitality, this form of the Way of Tea uses whole tea leaves, which are infused in hot water for a short time before the tea is served. Instead of strictly following a rigid sequence of fixed movements and actions, the Way of Sencha possesses a unique air of simplicity, refinement and lightness, allowing us to view the world of Japanese tea from a different angle and get in
touch with traditional culture.
Experience for yourself the fascination
of a true Sencha tea ceremony (o-temae).
ABOUT TEA CEREMONIES
Feel the Spirit of Zen in a Tea Ceremony
The term "tea ceremony" (o-temae) refers to a sequence
of actions performed to prepare tea in front of guests. Combining these actions into a single "form", it consists of a beautiful carriage, a gracious attitude and a series of gestures that are enacted as if flowing into each other seamlessly.
Through the tea ceremony, the host and the guests share the same place and together they create a space where they exchange and partake of each other's feelings and thoughts. Even though the bonds formed during these moments might be ephemeral, certainly they will remain chiseled into each participant's heart for a long time to come.