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Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo We have welcomed a wonderful couple from Bath, England to our tea ceremony room in Futako Tamagawa. They were visiting Japan to watch the Rugby World Cup Tournament. They said they picked our workshop because of its authentic style. The husband said “I will ask lots of questions today!” and the time we shared turned into a beautiful moment filled with intelligence and humor. We talked about the decorations on the alcove (hanging scroll, flowers, incense burner), the tea ceremony, its history and the background, etc. As you can […]

Tour Report – Oct. 2nd, 2019


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



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


In the tea ceremony meal, it is accompanied by sake as the host pours a bowl of sake to each guest and conversely the guets to the host. The “Hassun” dish consists of an assortment of delicacies from the mountain (plant-based) and the sea. The wooden serving tray and chopsticks, placed diagonally, should be moistened with water. This subtle presentations gives the pure and clean impression in kaiseki meal.        Please refer to our tour plan:  http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

“Hassun (八寸)” should be enjoyed by taste as well as ...



There are two reasons. By eating sweets, it balances the bitterness of the green tea that follows. Another reasons is that it alleviates the strong effect of tea on your digestive system if sweets are taken first. It shows the hospitality of the tea masters.      Please refer to our workshop details: https://mat-cha-doh.com/plan-lineup/  

Sweets are served before a bowl of green tea. Why?


The Peach Festival, or “Hinamatsuri”, celebrated on March 3rd is to wish for the healthy growth and happiness of young girls in Japan. We’ll display hina-ningyo or classic style dolls and celebrate the occasion with a meal and sweets with families and friends. We adults will enjoy the sweets with matcha green tea. Here’s to a healthy and wonderful year for all girls!  

The Peach Festival Tea Ceremony



Feel and enjoy this beautiful season by experiencing the workshop on formal tea ceremony (Japanese “Cha-kaiseki” meal and tea ceremony) . Cha-kaiseki offers a traditional course meal consisted of seasonal ingredients both pleasing to the eyes and tastes great paired with Japanese sake.      Please refer to our tour report: https://goo.gl/muEnEf Detail on our plan: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

A hint of spring is in the air.


The most popular and casual one is called “O-usu” or thin tea as shown at the left. It is prepared with plenty of hot water in individual bowls. The formal tea, considered as the highlight of the tea ceremony, is “O-koicha”, thick tea. It is prepared with generous amount of matcha green powder whisked with little hot water in a bowl that is shared among the guests. Thick tea is rich in flavor compared to thin tea. Mat-Cha-Doh provides a workshop where you can sample and compare both types of tea.    Please refer to our workshop details: https://mat-cha-doh.com/plan-lineup/

Did you know that there are two ways to prepare ...



We are currently planning our next tea gathering centered around our red “Oribe” dishes. The Oribe style of pottery is known for unconvetional designs. The dishes shown left are originally crafted for serving food but could also be used for tea ceremony. We are currently researching the best way to incorporate the dishes playfully into our ceremony, a joyful process for any tea disciple.      Please refer to our tour report: https://goo.gl/muEnEf  Detail on our plan: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

We are currently planning our next tea gathering.


A bowl of tea should warm up the body and the heart of the guests during cold weather seasons, as stipulated by our founder, Sen-no-Rikyu. Sen-no-Rikyu, who developed the basic form of tea ceremony we now practice, has taught us the principles of tea: ・Lay the charcoal so that the water boils efficiently ・Provide a sense of warmth in the winter      Please refer to our workshop details: http://goo.gl/3I0QCC  

Tea is prepared with water boiled by a charcoal hearth ...



Freshly steamed rice Miso soup with seasonal ingredients The soup reflects the season by adjusting the amount of miso paste and the kind of ingredients used. Sashimi with fresh seasonal fish In addition, a stewed dish and the main dish (grilled dish) will be served. Please enjoy the tea ceremony that follows the meal. We would love to have you join us!    Please refer to our tour plan:  http://goo.gl/3I0QCC

Cha-kaiseki course starts with dishes that warm up your heart ...


Thank you very much for your interest in this tour. This tour provides a full five-course traditional Cha-kaiseki (cuisine served before tea ceremony) and a tea ceremony experience in a special facility with a tea ceremony room. An oasis of calm and traditional beauty in the midst of urban Tokyo. * The venue is a private facility and not open to the public. Highlights Experience the formal way of tea, which includes a five-course traditional Cha-kaiseki cuisine prepared by a chef with more than 20 years experience followed by a tea ceremony.  You can also enjoy Japanese sake (rice wine). […]

Authentic Cha-kaiseki (a five-course traditional cuisine) and Tea Ceremony in ...