Article – Chanoyu (Japanese tea culture)


  Hosts go through many preparations to ready the tea ceremony room for the guests. An important step is to select a hanging scroll which adorns the “tokonoma” or an alcove of the tea ceremony room that is considered as the most honored space. Hanging scrolls are generally written by monks with experience or calligraphers using Zen words or classical Chinese poems. Hosts choose the appropriate writing to express their message for the guests. The messages are normally very simple but they can leave vast space for interpretation. Each guest is allowed to appreciate in his/her own way. A very […]

The main attraction in the tea ceremony is a hanging ...


Chrysanthemum represents the royal family in Japan. It is used as the design on the buttons for the members of parliament as well as on the cover of Japanese passports. It is considered as a noble flower and used at special events. Wagashi that resemble the seasonal flowers are often served at tea ceremony. This season, it is the chrysanthemum. Such fine techniques of making Wagashi have developed in parallel with the tea ceremony.   Mat-Cha-Doh offers classes in small sizes where you will have fun learning the techniques of Wagashi Making.  Please refer to our tour report:  https://goo.gl/c563RU Detail […]

The main motif of fall/winter in Wagashi (Japanese sweets) Making ...



  This workshop offers an authentic Japanese kaiseki meal followed by tea ceremony, a representation of Japanese culture. In this workshop, guests are served “Cha-kaiseki” a formal Japanese coursed meal prior to the tea ceremony. By choosing the appropriate ingredients and the cooking method, hosts prepare the guests for the intense tea later. The main dish of the course is “Nimono-wan”, a simmered dish. A refined dish which illustrates the season in a beautiful bowl. The broth is subtly flavored to enhance the flavor of the main ingredients and warms your stomach. The most popular “Nimono-wan” of the season is […]

Tea Ceremony Experience; Enjoy the Fall in Japan which is ...


  “Chaji” is a tea gathering where the host serves seasonal food and sake to the guests. This is an expression of the thoughtfulness on the host’s part that the guests should “fill the stomach prior to taking matcha tea”. Sake can be an important aspect of tea gatherings. It helps to create a warm and familiar atmosphere. When selecting an appropriate brand of sake, the host normally considers the season, the taste, the origin, the brand and its rarity as he/she keeps the guests in mind. “Hiyaoroshi” is absolutely one of the best choices this season. This sake can […]

A Japanese Sake, ”HIYAOROSHI” – An essential for Gatherings at ...



  A Buddhist monk Eisai (1141~1215) brought back tea from China and spread the “tea culture” in Japan. It is said to be the beginning of “tea ceremony”. Eisai, a founder of Rinzai sect of Zen in Japan, wrote the first book specialized on the topic of tea. It is called “Kissa-yojoki (A Note on Drinking Green Tea for Good Health)” The book introduced the custom of drinking tea. Thus, he is known as the father of Japanese tea culture. When Eisai was training in China as a Zen monk, drinking tea was a popular custom. He learned the medicinal […]

Come experience an authentic tea ceremony which boasts a history ...


  Matcha is rich in an antioxidant substance called catechin. It helps us recover from fatigue quickly. Caffeine also contained in Matcha induces the release of dopamine and boosts energy. These nutrients can be effectively consumed as we take in the whole leaves of green tea in Matcha powder form. A perfect drink for summer and it is easy to prepare. The only tip is to make the tea strong and strain it to achieve smoothness. It freezes well, too. Try adding a drop of CALPIS or use carbonated water to give it a twist. Arrangement ideas are endless. Create […]

A Cold Matcha Drink on a Hot Summer Day!



  Let us introduce “hira chawan”, a tea bowl featured only in summer season. Sen-no-Rikyu, known as the Sage of Tea, succeeded in shaping the style of tea ceremony we see now. In his “Seven Rules of Tea”, the ultimate guide of entertaining guests, he states one of the rules is to “provide a sense of coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter” Imagine 400 years ago, when there was no air conditioner. It required utmost consideration to the weather when serving a bowl of tea at the best condition possible. Its spirit manifests in the style of […]

The spirit of hospitality dictated by the “Sage of Tea” ...


     The tearoom is down a narrow pathway surrounded by a bamboo fence, a rare space in Tokyo taking you back to the origins of the practice 600 years ago. The serene environment will bring you peacefulness as you savor a bowl of matcha green tea.   Please check: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw

Experience the hint of the countryside as you enjoy a ...



     Enjoy cooling down using all of your senses, in the midst of summer in Japan. In May, a hearth is replaced by a portable brazier (furo, 風炉) and the equipment are arranged for summer. During the cold months, a hearth is placed close to the guests where as in summer, the heat is positioned far from the guests. “Keep it cool in summer and warm in winter so that the host can offer tea to the guests in the best possible condition” is the principle passed on from our predecessors. We invite you to feel the coolness with […]

A hint of early summer enjoyed in our tea ceremony ...


Japanese calligraphy, which is closely related to the tea ceremony is now available as a workshop. A hanging scroll with calligraphy is displayed at a TOKONOMA, an alcove, the most important part of the tea ceremony room. What exactly is calligraphy?We will teach you the joy of calligraphy through actual experience. Your work will be mounted on a scroll and will be ready to decorate your favorite space at home. Whenever you look at it, you will be reminded of your fun memory in creating the piece. It will surely become a centerpiece of the conversation as you share the […]

Learn the Essence of The Japanese Calligraphy



        While Japanese green tea is picked all year, so-called First Tea is picked only in early spring. It is tasty and valuable because it contains lots of theanine, an amino acid generated by the winter cold. You can try tasty First Tea in the store during our tour!    Please check: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw

The season of First Tea is coming!


    Many people enjoy many chances of bowing during a tea ceremony. As a guest, you need to bow many times sitting inside a tea room. It shows appreciation and respect for the master of ceremony. It is very typical Japanese culture!    Please check: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw

Enjoy bowing!