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Japanese Tea Room
Welcome to the Japanese tea room where the Japanese tea ceremonies take place. Japanese tea ceremonies are more than 500 years old and are still part and parcel of the Japanese culture to this day. The ceremonies have changed with times but are so steeped into the Japanese culture that there are schools of tea in Japan today plus thousands more tea clubs for all ages and different social groups. It was a preserve of the wealthy in the 15th century but is now a Japanese pass time for all Japanese. The Japanese culture has for a long time been based on the principles of Buddhism which fosters harmony, respect, purity and serenity and these are also part and parcel of the Japanese tea ceremony.
The tea ceremony in the tea room is held in particular ceremonies in the Japanese culture e.g. weddings and the New Year. The tea room is referred to as the tatami room which is decorated with flowers and some wall hangings written in Japanese. The room has no furnishings and the participants sit on the floor. It is supposed to foster some serenity and this therefore means that the tea room is quiet. The host greets the guests at the beginning and offers them some sweets from their traditional culture. The japans tea ceremony is done using special traditional Japanese tea ceremony utensils and the host will serve the tea using these utensils while not speaking a word to them. The guests are supposed to be quiet at this time and take the tea when it is presented to them. After the presentation of the tea, the host will ask them in a low voice and in a slow manner if they like the tea at which point the guests; after sipping the tea will reply in the affirmative, that the tea is very delicious. The Japanese tea ceremony is short and the answers given to the hosts questions are short. After the tea is taken, the utensils are washed by the host and then begin the most interesting part of it: the holding of the utensils and the admiration of the patterns and colors of them by the guests. The host is supposed to answer to the questions directed to her by the guests about the patterns and the artisan who made the utensils etc. Traditional Japanese hosts were women dressed in kimonos. After this, the host takes away the utensils and thanks them for attending the tea ceremony and this heralds the end of it.