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Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo We welcomed a wonderful couple visiting from Long Island, a suburb of Manhattan, NY today. They wished to experience a truly authentic style of tea ceremony during this visit to Japan. I was impressed by their meticulous attention to detail as I was going through each step. I explained to them how I incorporate the fundamental spirit of tea ceremony, “harmony, respect, purity and tranquility (和敬清寂)” in my practice. They said they were able to see it in my performance. “A lovely memory, thank you”, they said. I felt so happy and lucky […]

Tour Report – Oct. 12th, 2018


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo Our guest today was a wonderful couple from Los Angeles. They both decided to try an authentic tea ceremony because they love matcha so much. They were ready to absorb everything about tea ceremony from its history, manner and its principle. We especially had fun the latter part of the workshop where they had to prepare tea by themselves. They said they would do this again when they get back home. Because of their warm and humorous personality, the tea room was filled with an enjoyable spirit. Our male guest is a professional […]

Tour Report – Aug. 13th, 2018



Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo   We welcomed guests from Toronto, Canada today. They have traveled to Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Iceland and at last, arrived in Japan the day before. It was their first visit here. It was their first time experiencing the tea ceremony and drinking real matcha. They had seen pictures and videos of tea ceremonies and always wanted to experience it first hand. We were very impressed with how seriously they tried to undertake each task. They tried to sit in a formal way when we were explaining the meaning of each gesture; how to […]

Tour Report – Apr. 2nd, 2018


Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo It was a gorgeous day with cherry blossoms in full bloom everywhere. Today, we welcomed a group of international guests from France, Spain and Japan to our Japanese sweets workshop. Our guests work for a company which develops ingredients for cosmetics. The international members who were attending a training session in Japan participated in our plan as a part of welcome events hosted by the company. Our group were mainly ladies, jolly, elegant and upbeat! However, once the workshop started, they tackled the job seriously and their pieces turned out beautifully. […]

Tour Report – Mar. 25th, 2018



In the tea ceremony meal, it is accompanied by sake as the host pours a bowl of sake to each guest and conversely the guets to the host. The “Hassun” dish consists of an assortment of delicacies from the mountain (plant-based) and the sea. The wooden serving tray and chopsticks, placed diagonally, should be moistened with water. This subtle presentations gives the pure and clean impression in kaiseki meal.        Please refer to our tour plan:  http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

“Hassun (八寸)” should be enjoyed by taste as well as ...


Feel and enjoy this beautiful season by experiencing the workshop on formal tea ceremony (Japanese “Cha-kaiseki” meal and tea ceremony) . Cha-kaiseki offers a traditional course meal consisted of seasonal ingredients both pleasing to the eyes and tastes great paired with Japanese sake.      Please refer to our tour report: https://goo.gl/muEnEf Detail on our plan: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

A hint of spring is in the air.



One of our guets who has completed our workshop started serving wagashi sweets at her own café after returning home. We offer small size classes to make these sweets with detailed instructions. Led by experienced wagashi maker. Please enjoy Japanese traditional culture. We would love to have you join us!      Please refer to our tour report:  https://goo.gl/c563RU  Detail on our plan:  https://goo.gl/9sqDmv

A wagashi workshop certificate will be awarded upon completion of ...


A bowl of tea should warm up the body and the heart of the guests during cold weather seasons, as stipulated by our founder, Sen-no-Rikyu. Sen-no-Rikyu, who developed the basic form of tea ceremony we now practice, has taught us the principles of tea: ・Lay the charcoal so that the water boils efficiently ・Provide a sense of warmth in the winter      Please refer to our workshop details: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

Tea is prepared with water boiled by a charcoal hearth ...



Freshly steamed rice Miso soup with seasonal ingredients The soup reflects the season by adjusting the amount of miso paste and the kind of ingredients used. Sashimi with fresh seasonal fish In addition, a stewed dish and the main dish (grilled dish) will be served. Please enjoy the tea ceremony that follows the meal. We would love to have you join us!    Please refer to our tour plan:  http://goo.gl/3I0QCC

Cha-kaiseki course starts with dishes that warm up your heart ...


    Thank you very much for your interest in this tour! This tour provides a full five-course traditional Cha-kaiseki (cuisine served before tea ceremony) and a tea ceremony experience in a special facility with a tea ceremony room. An oasis of calm and traditional beauty in the midst of urban Tokyo. * The venue is a private facility and not open to the public.   Highlights Experience the formal way of tea, which includes a five-course traditional Cha-kaiseki cuisine prepared by a chef with more than 20 years experience followed by a tea ceremony.  You can also enjoy Japanese […]

Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in ...



Thank you very much for your interest in this tour! Guests can participate in a tea ceremony room, followed by visits to Japanese specialty shops of green tea and wagashi (Japanese sweets). You will enjoy Matcha (ground green tea) and wagashi at the tea ceremony as well as a sampling of various green teas and wagashi at the shops.   Highlights Enjoy a tea ceremony.           At a long-established tea shop, you will enjoy a tasting of different teas and a lecture on green tea by the shop master.     Visit a wagashi (Japanese sweets) […]

Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo


  Thank you very much for your interest in this tour! 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. Learn the essence of Shodo and find yourself through the practice of self-expression using Kanji characters. Your work will be mounted on a scroll and presented to you to enjoy at home.   Highlights Grasp the idea of Shodo   Make an original piece using a specially selected character with an ink-dipped brush.   The […]

Shodo Experience (Japanese Calligraphy) in Tokyo