Tea Ceremony

May 27, 2010 vidajimenez

After the tea ceremony we attended  I was curious to what everything symbolize and the process on the ceremony itself. It is said that the most important thing for the the host to do is to make sure the room is clear of negative energy, and filled with tranquility. While we wanted for the host to prepare the tea itself we received two sweets to snack and enjoy. Two of the snacks were small flowers made of sugar that melted in your mouth. The other traditional snack was a bigger in size and shaped as a real flower.

While we watched and enjoyed our snacks we watched the host bring out all the utensils required for the tea. Our host brought out a tea bowl,tea whisk, tea cloth, and tea scoop. Everything was purified by the host and the room remains silent during the ceremony. My favorite part of the ceremony was receiving my tea, we both bow to each other and I had to pick up the bowl with my left hand and cup the bowl with my right. I also had to make sure I turned the tea before we drank it.

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