Zen in the Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony with Kana Hattori

Zen in the Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony with Kana Hattori


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Japanese tea ceremony is not just about making matcha green tea; it is also about inner discipline and mental training to practice the philosophy of Zen—to live in the moment—and the art of hospitality. It takes a lifetime to reach the mastery of the art. Learn the Zen philosophy running behind the profound art of Japanese tea ceremony, and watch a demonstration by a tea ceremony master to learn how to incorporate the modern table tea ceremony for daily inner peace.

Please note, this is a companion seminar to Japanese Green Tea: A Cultural History. Both are recommended alongside one another.

Japanese people have been enjoying matcha green tea for over 800 years but it only became ceremonial about 450 years ago with the philosophy of Zen Buddhism running through it. Tea ceremony is often mistaken as something for ladies but it originally developed among high-rank, educated men—especially Shoguns and samurai. We’ll learn how they took initiative elevating the tea ceremony to a national art, using it as a political tool, and also as a way to have the mental serenity and inner peace in the warring state.

In this seminar, we will look at the background history and philosophy of the Japanese tea ceremony, followed by a demonstration of a modern tea ceremony conducted at a table and a chair. Participants can either join the tea making or watch the soothing movement of the tea ceremony, so they can incorporate it to their daily tea or coffee making with a peaceful, mindful state of mind.

Led by a Japanese Tea Ceremony Master, Kana Hattori, this interactive seminar will focus on the philosophy and history of Japanese tea ceremony, and how to make matcha in a calming and tasty way. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a serene but uplifted feeling of Zen.

Kana Hattori is a qualified tea master of Urasenke Tea Ceremony School and is an experienced national-licensed guide. She holds a BA in English from Doshisha University, Kyoto, and another BA in Japanese Classical and Traditional Arts from Kyoto University of Arts and Design. She enjoys playing the shamisen, a 3-stringed traditional music instrument that geisha ladies also play, and also performing Noh, 650-year-old Japanese classical theater. The Zen philosophy—to live in the moment—has always been a core tenet of her life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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