The tea ceremony originated over a thousand years ago under the strong influence of Zen Buddhism. This is the ritual of preparing and serving matcha tea, a strong green tea with an unusual and rich taste. The drink is served with traditional sweets to smooth out the bitterness. However, the use of tea in the ceremony is not the main thing, the whole process is equally important - from preparing the drink to enjoying the aftertaste. Each movement is carefully calibrated, as if in a dance. Even the seating order of the participants is taken into account. There are many rules of etiquette to keep in mind in the tea ritual. The teacher will help you understand and appreciate all the nuances.
Ikebana - the art of flower arrangement
Shodo - calligraphy
Calligraphy is common throughout Japan. Showcases, schools and exhibitions are not complete without this art form. Block, semi-cursive and cursive styles of writing characters, different shades and saturation of ink create interesting decorative effects. As with ikebana, the beauty of shodo lies in the use of space around the elements of the composition. Some calligraphy workshops are taught by English-speaking artists. If your goal is just to admire shodo, go to museums, shrines or temples. In large temples, monks spend hours drawing individual hieroglyphs or entire statements on paper. Their work can be purchased as a souvenir at reasonable prices.