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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


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 ...



  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


Young green tea leaves picked freshly in the Spring are stored and matured during Summer to bring out its original flavor and aroma inherent in tea. They are ready to be shipped out of the aging process in November. The matcha tea ordered during this period will be delivered to you in the freshest state as the leaves are just out of storage and freshly ground by a stone mill. *Mat-Cha-Doh only sells high quality matcha produced from a tea plantation in Uji, Kyoto.    Two must buy products that are of high quality and of tea ceremony grade, yet […]

Matcha season starts in November. We are proud to bring ...



  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 ...



  This workshop offers an authentic Japanese kaiseki meal followed by tea ceremony, a representation of Japanese culture. In this workshop, guests are served “Cha-kaiseki” a formal Japanese coursed meal prior to the tea ceremony. By choosing the appropriate ingredients and the cooking method, hosts prepare the guests for the intense tea later. The main dish of the course is “Nimono-wan”, a simmered dish. A refined dish which illustrates the season in a beautiful bowl. The broth is subtly flavored to enhance the flavor of the main ingredients and warms your stomach. The most popular “Nimono-wan” of the season is […]

Tea Ceremony Experience; Enjoy the Fall in Japan which is ...


Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo   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 […]

Tour Report – Sep. 23rd, 2017



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 ...


  “Chaji” is a tea gathering where the host serves seasonal food and sake to the guests. This is an expression of the thoughtfulness on the host’s part that the guests should “fill the stomach prior to taking matcha tea”. Sake can be an important aspect of tea gatherings. It helps to create a warm and familiar atmosphere. When selecting an appropriate brand of sake, the host normally considers the season, the taste, the origin, the brand and its rarity as he/she keeps the guests in mind. “Hiyaoroshi” is absolutely one of the best choices this season. This sake can […]

A Japanese Sake, ”HIYAOROSHI” – An essential for Gatherings at ...



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 […]

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