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Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo 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 […]

Tour Report – Aug. 25th, 2017


  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 ...



Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo 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 […]

Tour Report – Jul. 1st, 2017


Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo We welcomed a group of Bolivians and their Japanese friends as our guests today. It was a wonderful gathering thanks to the sophisticated and cheerful ambiance they brought into the tea room. Our guests enjoyed today’s formal meal. They showed a keen interest in the ingredients and preparations so our chef explained the menu in detail. You could really see the true spirit of the tea ceremony in this interaction. That is, “Ichi-za Konryu”, where the host and guests contribute in creating perfect harmony.   If you are interested […]

Tour Report – Jun 3rd, 2017



Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo We welcomed a wonderful couple from Indonesia this time. They love Japan and in fact this is their 5th visit here. They’ve left us a great feedback that this trip was one of their best. They thoroughly enjoyed the authentic style of the workshop which consists of Matcha, Cha-kaiseki and Sake. They even asked for a third round of matcha tea! The couple liked the sake we served that they purchased the same brand to take back home. It was a complete pleasure for the staff as well. Looking […]

Tour Report – May 27th, 2017


  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 ...



Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo   We welcomed a wonderful group from LVMH Fashion Group China with our interpreter, a Mandarin Chinese speaker. They chose Mat-Cha-Doh to host their VICs when they were in Tokyo. They were in Japan for the first time to visit their flagship shop, CELINE GINZA SIX. They joined the Authentic Cha-kaiseki and Tea Ceremony as a traditional Japanese cultural experience. Much to our joy, we received the following message: “We really had a great time with you and enjoyed a lot in experiencing the Japanese Green Tea Culture.“ “We […]

Tour Report – Apr. 19th, 2017


    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!



      Each tea ceremony has its theme such as season, particular person or event. Based on that, the master of the ceremony decides sweets served with matcha, tea bowls and hanging scroll. One time the theme was spring.   sweets: Sweets chef drawed cherry blossoms. They are representative as spring flower. hanging scroll is written as “春水満四澤”   It means that all the rivers in the mountain are filled with snow melting water. It reminds us of the satisfaction in mind.    Please check: http://goo.gl/zEFQLw

Spring as the theme of tea ceremony


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo Cherry trees are getting ready to bloom very soon. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be enjoying the flowers along the park that leads us to our tea instructor’s house in Toritsudaigaku. We had a mother and two daughters at our casual tea ceremony workshop today. They are from Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). The daughters tried sitting in the Japanese formal way, which even we Japanese have hard time doing. The sweets were in the shape of cherry blossoms and there was a hint of Spring at every corner of the room. […]

Tour Report – Mar. 13th, 2017