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TEA CEREMONY ROOM "SEISEI-AN"

Location :
Garden Tower 7th Floor
Price :
One bowl of tea served with a Japanese Sweet JPY1,000 (Tax not included.)
Hours :
Thurs. / Fri. / Sat. / 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

 
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Japanese Tea Ceremony

If we were to closely study the raison d'etre of the Japanese tea ceremony, one of the traditional arts of Japan, we would discover the following unique features:

1. A strong feeling of respect for other people
2. A deep sense of gratitude
3. Mutual equanimity, undisturbed by outside influences

It may be said that the basic reasons for participating in the tea ceremony is to cultivate these qualities.
The spiritual concepts connected with the tea ceremony, in old Japan, were succinctly expressed in the words, "Wa", "Kei", "Sei" and "Jaku", which are defined as follows:
 
"Wa" - peace and harmony, as exemplified by individuals conducting their daily flow of activities without creating problems
"Kei" - respect for each other’s status. A paramount in human relations
"Sei" - purity which can best be symbolized by avoiding gaudiness or pretentiousness in favor of simplicity
"Jaku" - tranquility should maintain preeminence even in the face of difficult circumstances

Since deep respect and sincere gratitude toward others are fundamental principles of the tea ceremony, the host is keenly conscious of this relationship even in the simple process of preparing a bowl of tea for his or her guest.
Thus, when we are serving in the role as guests, we need to appreciate the feeling of the host, by responding with our own feeling of gratitude and respect.
For example, when a bowl of tea is served to the guest by the host, the front of the bowl is always turned toward the guest, to show the respect that the host has for him. After picking up the bowl, the guest turns the bowl a quarter circle, before sipping the tea. This act symbolically conveys to the host the guest’s feeling of humility for the honor. Before returning the bowl, the guest turns the front of the bowl toward the host, to express both his gratitude and respect.
Wordlessly, these symbolic nuances reinforce the mutual understanding between the host and the guest, and intensify their mutual respect and gratitude. The enhancement of mutuality can be considered as the spirit and essence of the tea ceremony.
The relaxation inherent in the tea ceremony is not limited to any age or any generation. Long ago, even in the midst of a prolonged battle campaign, historical records show that the Japanese samurai sometimes took a brief respite, to ease their overwrought minds with a simple tea ceremony. Today, many Japanese still find that the tea ceremony can provide them with time for reflection even in the fast-moving pace of modern society.
Fortunately, Japan is geographically blessed with four distinct seasons, so the tea ceremony is enjoyed in keeping with the changing seasonal moods since the environment also plays an important role in the tea ceremony.
The formal tea ceremony facilities, whether in homes or elsewhere, are carefully provided with selected furnishings and accessories by the host for the benefit of the guests. Keen attention is paid to such details as the stone water basin for the tea garden, the design on the hanging scroll, the seasonal flowers displayed in the vase, and the tea bowls to be used.
The tea ceremony serves as a tacit means of communications between people. By using natural elements in their natural forms, these elements provide renewed meanings to the participants. To make people conscious, the materials used are selected to reawaken this awareness. This means that the materials used must be changed to complement the new environment, and unless this unified mood is created, the tea ceremony is incomplete.
With the world around us constantly changing, the ability to meet the accompanying challenges becomes increasingly relevant. More than ever, we need to develop the ability to remain calm in the face of rapidly occurring changes.
Chado is the ceremony for serving a bowl of tea-but it is a carefully prepared bowl, made with the delicate essence of traditional Japanese hospitality.
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