Online Urasenke Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience

Overview

Bring a moment of peace and tranquility into both your home and heart with this online activity. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the comfort of your home as a tea master in Japan guides you through your screen.

Highlights

  • Experience an elegant Japanese tea ceremony at home
  • Receive expert guidance from an English-speaking tea master of the Urasenke school in Kyoto
  • Take part in a peaceful, meditative Japanese tradition dating back to the 9th century

Key Information

Important Information

• All prices are per person: when booking, please select the actual number of people joining, regardless of the number of devices used • All times listed are in JST, Japan Standard Time (UTC +09:00); please book accordingly • This is a live online experience; participants should have a fast, stable internet connection • Please be sure to install Zoom on your device in advance Rules: - Please ensure your internet connection is fast enough for video calls; we cannot offer refunds in case of connectivity issues - Recording the experience or sharing the Zoom link with unregistered guests is strictly prohibited - Children aged 0–3 and under may join for free Want to book an in-person Japanese tea ceremony experience instead? Go to https://experiences.travel.rakuten.co.jp/experiences/20374

Description

Steeped in history, the Japanese tea ceremony is an elegant, tranquil ritual involving preparing matcha tea in a ceremonial manner, usually in a traditional tatami tearoom. Besides being a bonding activity for the host and guests, it’s also intended to bring about inner peace and spiritual satisfaction as you sit in quiet contemplation while savoring your tea. In this online experience, you can bring the meditative ritual into your own home, with live guidance from a tea master in Japan. Your teacher is the multitalented Rie Kuranaka, a Kyoto-born tea master of the Urasenke school, and also a master of the Misho-ryu Japanese flower arrangement school. As a tea master and owner of her own tea ceremony school, she has taught over 1,500 students from more than 50 countries. Rie is also fluent in English. This experience lasts for 45 minutes, and roughly follows this schedule: 1. Explanation of the Japanese tea ceremony and of matcha tea (15 minutes) 2. Explanation and demonstration of the tea-making technique (15 minutes) 3. Q&A (15 minutes) You’ll need to prepare a bowl, a ‘chasen’ (tea whisk), matcha, and hot water in advance. If you don’t have the required utensils, you can also watch as Rie demonstrates the process, and ask her any questions you have about the tradition and culture. However, please note that the activity price will remain the same.

How it works

1. Please read the Important Information and Activity Rules carefully before booking 2. Choose the number of participants who will join the experience 3. Choose your preferred date and make a booking request 4. Your host will contact you to agree on a suitable time for the activity, and then send the link for your online experience by email 5. Make sure you have the software, hardware, and any required items listed under What to Bring, plus a stable internet connection 6. Use the Zoom link provided to log in by the designated time

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