It is a tradition that represents Japanese culture. It has been handed down from generation to generation for a long time. I believe it is a compilation of wisdom and numerous techniques. (日本語は下へ)
Works of art ‘Chadougu’, a garden ‘Chatei Roji’, cuisine ‘Kaiseki and Wagashi’, dyeing and weaving, ‘Ishou (clothing)’, architecture ‘Chashitsu‘, flowers and calligraphy. . . Tea ceremony consists of various practices that have been handed down from generation to generation for over 400 years.
It is not only about serving meals and tea but also about the solemn atmosphere in the tea house and in the garden, the tea spoon and the tea cup used, the Jiku and the flowers, the thoughtful relationship between the hosts and the guests, and the good manners. All of this wisdom, etiquette and technique combined together create the ultimate experience of hospitality.
It is also a place where people show their works of art such as the Kimono, Urushi, dyeing and weaving, Ikebana (flower arrangement), pottery, bamboo ware or to present their traditional arts such as Shodo (calligraphy) and Sumie.
I feel it is my mission to improve my skills as a carpenter as well as my knowledge of Japanese history and culture through tea ceremony practice. I also hope to hand down my traditional architectural skills and tea ceremony knowledge to the next generation in order to preserve the arts associated with this practice.