Tag Archives : tea utensil


Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo Our tea ceremony plan at Futako-tamagawa has been used to entertain important guests. The members were a hosting family living in Japan (a couple and their daughter and son-in-law) and the guests, their client and her daughter from LA. It turned out to be a happy gathering full of family and warmth. The guest (mother) is interested in pottery and was fascinated by the bowls and utensils. One of the pleasures in tea ceremony is to take a close look and appreciate the tools used to serve the tea. […]

Tour Report – May 10th, 2019


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo A wonderful couple from New Jersey, USA has visited us this time. It was their first experience with the tea ceremony. They had read a good review on a website and decided to join us. They wished to understand the culture of Japan even deeper. When they prepared the tea by themselves at the end of the workshop, they exchanged the bowl of tea and tasted each other’s. It was very impressive when they both praised each other’s tea as the best. Nothing is more important than the warm thought for a guest […]

Tour Report – Apr. 24th, 2019



Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo We welcomed a group of tourists from LA and Taiwan to our tea ceremony room in Futago Tamagawa. They were here to celebrate the birthday of one of the tour members. As soon as we met, we were greeted by cheerful and pleasant smiles and we really enjoyed their company. They all seem very interested in tea ceremony and grasped its true enjoyment; one, to be able to appreciate the setup of the room and the utensils the host has chosen and two, the spirit of tea, to create […]

Tour Report – Apr. 13th, 2019


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo We have welcomed wonderful guests from Lisbon, Portugal to our tea ceremony room this time. They had a chance to drink a bowl of matcha tea at the hotel they are staying and their wish to know more about it lead them to our workshop. They seem really knowledgeable about the culture and life of Japan and we really enjoyed the conversation. They said they would like to study more about Japan in depth when they retire. We were able to share a wonderful time because of their kind and gracious manner. We […]

Tour Report – Apr. 12th, 2019



Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo It was our first time welcoming guests from Brazil. They were from São Paulo and it was their first visit to Asia. We are so delighted to receive guests from all over the world! The couple loves Japanese culture and they even drink matcha tea in Brazil. Their enthusiasm was evident during the workshop. We passed on some tips so that they can enjoy quality matcha drinks back home. We hope they continue to enjoy their healthy matcha habit. We are so grateful for another delightful encounter!  If you are interested in this […]

Tour Report – Apr. 10th, 2019


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo Our guests were a couple from California, USA. They were full of smiles and warm spirit just like the California sun and the tea ceremony room was filled with lots of laughter. They said the whole family, including their daughters, loves matcha and they tackled their task with enthusiasm. They were fully charged with the power of matcha by the end of the workshop! Matcha powder is made by grinding the whole green leaves so all of the healthy nutrients may be consumed. Tea ceremony offers teas in its best form. Come and […]

Tour Report – Apr. 5th, 2019



Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo We had two beautiful ladies from Saudi Arabia visiting our tea ceremony room. They were full of anticipation as this is their first visit to Japan and the first experience with tea ceremony. We discussed the culture of each country while enjoying the tea. We were surprised to find the common elements and respected the differences at the same time. It was such an exciting moment. The tea ceremony has a special power of bringing people from different backgrounds together. We hope to continue on with our programs and to meet more wonderful […]

Tour Report – Apr. 1st, 2019


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo We welcomed wonderful guests to our tea ceremony room. They were from the state of Maine in the United States. A pair of in-laws (mother and daughter-in-law) seemed very close and were very cheerful. They enjoyed preparing a bowl of tea by themselves and purchased tea utensils, a whisk and a bag of matcha powder when we took them to a tea shop after the workshop. We were delighted to see our tea culture spreading before our eyes. May their days be filled with joys and delicious cups of matcha tea! If you […]

Tour Report – Mar. 29th, 2019



Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea in Tokyo We welcomed two wonderful guests to our Wagashi making workshop. They enjoyed making sweets with two different cherry blossom motifs. It was employed as a part of a project to invite foreign press to experience Japanese cuisine. The writer was from Los Angeles, USA. She seemed to enjoy the process of making sweets because she likes the sweet bean paste. We were impressed with how she handled the delicate technique of applying colors and decoration to the sweets. She said she would always remember this day of making wagashi herself when […]

Tour Report –Feb. 15th, 2019


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