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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


     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


  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 hope that we can meet again in Japan.”   If you […]

Tour Report – Apr. 19th, 2017



        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!


     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



    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



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. Thank you ladies for your interest and […]

Tour Report – Mar. 13th, 2017


  It is still cold but there is a hint of spring in the air. We had two couples at our tea ceremony workshop yesterday at Toritsu-daigaku. One couple is from India and another from Italy. The tea bowls, utensils and the setup of the tea room had the theme of spring. Some of the tea bowls had motifs of the girls festival “hinamatsuri”. They did amazing job in preparing matcha tea themselves although it was their first time doing so. It was fun visiting Japanese sweets shop after the tea ceremony as it was decorated beautifully with cherry blossoms […]

Tour Report – Mar. 4th, 2017



      They are “cherry blossom” and bird themed Jo-namagashi. Jo-namagashi refers to the highest quality Japanese sweets used in tea ceremonies. Guests can participate in the step-by-step process of preparing the sweets (from kneading the dough, coloring, forming the shape and designing sweets). It is a private lesson where guest can enjoy detailed personalized instruction.    If you are interested in this post, please check below!!  http://goo.gl/QM2sso  

Spring recipes have arrived for the wagashi making class!


We welcomed very wonderful guests who came from Connecticut, USA in our tour “Authentic Cha-kaiseki and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo” yesterday. We are very happy that they are interested in Japanese tea culture, listened to our talk intently and asked many questions.   If you are interested in this post, please check below! Authentic Cha-kaiseki and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC   The Scenes from This Tour               If you are interested in this post, please check below! Authentic Cha-kaiseki and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC

Tour Report – Dec. 24th, 2016