The ceremony takes place in a room designed and
designated for tea. It is called the chashitsu. Usually this
room is within the tea house, located away from the
residence, in the garden.
The guests are shown into the machiai (waiting room).
Here, the hanto (assistant to the host) offers them sayu
(the hot water which will be used to make tea).
It is called roji (dew
ground). Here the guests
rid themselves of the dust
of the world.
Each guest admires the scroll in turn, then examines the
kama (kettle) and hearth: furo for the portable type and ro
for the type set into the floor in winter to provide warmth,
which were laid just before they were greeted by the host.
The chawan (tea bowl) which holds the
chasen (tea whisk), chakin (the tea
cloth) which is a bleached white linen
cloth used to dry the bowl, and the
chashaku (tea scoop), a slender
bamboo scoop used to dispense the
matcha, which rests across it.
Tea Ceremony Kit
1.Bamboo Ladle Hishaku
2.Bamboo Wisk Chasen
3.Bamboo Tea Scoop Chasaku
4.Handmade Japanese Tea Cup Bowl Style
Each guest is served a meal called chakaiseki. Served on a
tray with fresh cedar chopsticks, the meal consists of three
Hot water is ladled into the tea bowl, the whisk is rinsed,
the tea bowl is emptied and wiped with the chakin. Lifting
the tea scoop and tea container, the host places three
scoops of tea per guest into the tea bowl.
Hot water is ladled from the kettle into the teabowl in a
quantity sufficient to create a thin paste with the whisk.
Additional water is then added to so the paste can be
whisked into a thick liquid consistent with pea soup.
Unused water in the ladle is returned to the kettle.
Chanoyu, Tea Ceremony, was originated in China and was perfected
by Sen no Rikyu in the 16th century in Japan.
The principles underlying this art are Harmony, Respect, Purity, and
Omote Senke was founded by Rikyu's great-grandson, and has
developed into one of the two largest tea schools.
In tea ceremony, water represents yin and fire in the hearth
yang. The water is held in a jar called the mizusashi.