Know These 5 Amazing Etiquettes Of A Japanese Tea Ceremony
“Japanese tea ceremonies are extremely exotic, but do you think you can host one or be a part of one without knowing the proper etiquettes of a Japanese tea ceremony?”, said Amber and Mark, who had recently come back from Japan after a vacation. The couple was besotted by Japanese culture and they learnt quite a few things about it. Let’s hear some pearls of wisdom about the etiquettes of a Japanese tea ceremony from Amber and Mark.
1. Dress code
“Look, you can follow this etiquette of a Japanese tea ceremony depending on how authentically you want to recreate it. But if you are participating in a tea ceremony at a Japanese family’s place, you should be ideally wearing a kimono. This applies to both men and women”, said Mark. “This etiquette of Japanese tea ceremonies is now being flouted by a lot of youngsters who don’t take them very seriously”, he added.
2. Cleaning all the utensils in a ritual
“No, no, we’re not talking about cleaning all the tea utensils in the kitchen. This important etiquette of a Japanese tea ceremony is expected to be followed in front of the guests who have been seated. You have to carefully and slowly clean all the tea utensils such as whisk (chasen), the tea bowl (chawan), tea caddy (natsume) and tea scoop (chashku) in front of the guests in a ritualistic manner”, said Mark and Amber. Friends, don’t you find these etiquettes of a Japanese tea ceremony extremely beautiful?
3. Removing shoes
“Did you know that removing shoes in many Asian cultures is considered to be a sign of cleanliness and respect?”, asked Amber. She continued, “Well, this is one of those etiquettes of a Japanese tea ceremony that you shouldn’t overlook. Before entering the tea room, you should leave your shoes outside and slip your feet in special wooden slippers that the hosts provide”.