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We welcomed twin sisters from Israel today at our Wagashi making workshop. They decided to spend some time in Japan before going off to college. Their classes will start next month and they will major in Biology at the same college. The sisters seem to get along well and were smart and pleasant to talk to. We had a wonderful time having them as they are our first guests from Israel. The chat after the workshop was fun and informative as we talked about our respective countries. There is a military draft system in Israel and it applies to women […]

Tour Report – Oct. 9th, 2017


  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 ...


  We welcomed two American ladies from Missouri today. They are both colleagues and friends. They especially enjoyed trying their own hand at preparing a bowl of matcha tea for each other at the end of the tea ceremony. “Terrible!” They joked at each other’s tea while still finishing their entire bowls. Their thoughtfulness in both preparing and enjoying the tea with each other embodied the spirit of the tea ceremony and left a warm impression on us.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw   The Scenes from […]

Tour Report – Sep. 23rd, 2017



  Each season in Japan is widely appreciated for their respective beauty, and is an essential part of Japanese culture. An excellent example of this appreciation is seen in traditional Japanese sweets. They boast health benefits due to ingredients such as beans, starch, sugar and they rarely feature dairy. Its gentle sweetness goes well with green tea and are widely used at tea ceremony. Not only do they taste delicious, but the designs and colors are very sweet as well! Guests take home sweets prepared in class. Mat-Cha-Doh offers small size classes to make these sweets with detailed instructions.   […]

Traditional Japanese Sweets: Delectable and Artistic, An Expression of the ...


We have the perfect plan if you are looking to welcome overseas guests with an exclusively Japanese cultural experience. Many of our guests have purchased our plans to entertain their friends and colleagues. All plans take place in a conveniently located area close to Shibuya. “Authentic cha-kaiseki and Tea Ceremony” has received good reviews as it can be used as a private experience as well as for business or training purposes. It takes place at an undisclosed private tea house. Our plans are also popular as gifts for friends. Each plan represents Japanese charm, the nature and the seasons unique […]

Mat-Cha-Doh offers plans to experience Japanese traditional culture, which also ...



Our tea ceremony plan was purchased as a gift to colleagues! The guest today, an expat in Japan, purchased our plan to welcome her colleagues visiting from Chicago. She wanted to give them the best experience possible as their visit here was the first time. We felt honored that she chose our plan for such purpose. They requested for a thorough tea ceremony experience with an attention to detail just any Japanese students would get. We were very impressed by their keen observations, insightful questions, and how quickly they picked up the essence of the principle. They said they were […]

Tour Report – Aug. 25th, 2017


We were proud to welcome a group of guests from the US and Japan to our newly constructed tea house in Toritsudai yesterday. Crawling into the tea room through a tiny entrance space as well as sitting upright straight in Japanese way must have been a bit of a challenge for our foreign guests. However, we were very impressed by how they challenged it and succeeded with big smiles! Luckily, the sun was coming out by the time we saw the guests off in the afternoon.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Green Tea and […]

Tour Report – Jul. 1st, 2017



Yesterday’s guests were from Denmark. They were so skillful and their sweets turned out to be as beautiful as the flowers blooming on a spring day.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/QM2sso   The Scenes from This Tour             If you are interested in this post, please check below! Wagashi Making Class with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/QM2sso

Tour Report – Apr. 12th, 2017


     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

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Our workshop on making Japanese sweets has been rated high by the guests due to its authentic style. This summer season, guests can choose two themes from fireworks, rose, sunflower or Nadeshiko (a Pink). The instructor will walk you through step by step to create these beautiful pieces. The sweets are even challenging for Japanese as it requires various steps and techniques such as making An (black bean paste), coloring, shaping and decorating. Sure to be an unforgettable part of your experience in Japan!     Left: fireworks Top right: rose Center right: sunflowers Down right: Nadeshiko (pink)   Please […]

Enjoy Making Authentic Japanese sweets


     Sweets served with matcha are made from healthy foods such as beans and yam potatoes. You can taste them even if you’re on a diet of vegan. Many visitors are surprised that they have a sweet taste. How about experiencing all the process of cooking sweets?   Please check: http://goo.gl/QM2sso

Healthy sweets