Japanese Tea Ceremony
Ueda Sôko Ryû Melbourne
The Japanese tea ceremony is an art that
The practice of tea flourished among the samurai of
developed from the practice of tea drinking in Zen
feudal Japan. The warlord and tea master Ueda Sōko
temples. It has developed as the physical expression
founded the Ueda Sōko School in the early 1600s. The
of the tranquil mind state and values involved in
School emphasises samurai values of developing the
Zen practice. In a tea ceremony, powdered green Ueda Sōko Ryū Melbourne
individual and cultivates a sense of beauty that is
tea or ‘matcha’ is prepared in front of guests
austere and minimal while being ‘fresh’ and elegant.
according to a highly structured procedure. Practice details
However, the practice of the tea ceremony involves The tea drunk at practice and events is a powdered
much more than its English name suggests. The tea green tea called ‘matcha’. It is made by grinding young Practice Day / Time:
ceremony, or chanoyu in Japanese, involves all the tealeaves into a fine powder. Matcha was originally Saturdays between 9am - 3pm.
activities leading to tea drinking; all the utensils used by Zen monks to aid meditation practice.
used in the tea ceremony; the entire atmosphere Content:
surrounding the procedure; and the most important Adam, the Melbourne instructor, has studied the
tea ceremony intensively in Japan for many years. All Tea Preparing Ceremony - Learn various ways to
phase, the frame of mind or the spirit which grows
activities in Melbourne are conducted through the perform the tea ceremony in a traditional 4.5 tatami
out of the combination of all these factors.
cooperation and support of the headquarters (Iemoto) mat tea room.
of the Ueda Sōko School in Hiroshima. Adam holds Tea Culture - Learn about Japanese and Asian art
qualifications of his knowledge of the tea ceremony including ceramics, calligraphy and poetry. Also learn
from the 16th head of the Ueda Sōko School, Iemoto about Zen thought as it deeply influences Tea.
Ueda Sōkei. Guest Etiquette - Beautify interpersonal relations, raise
compassion towards others and increase self-discipline.
o progressively learning *Instruction can be given in English and Japanese.
various styles of tea ceremony
o guest etiquette
o kaiseki preparation and etiquette Location:
By studying the tea ceremony you learn about o learning about Zen and the arts Hawthorn (5 minute walk from Hawthorn Station. Detailed
many arts that are separate disciplines outside the Practice is held in Hawthorn. Practice is ongoing, directions will be emailed to you upon enquiry.)
tea ceremony. These include many of the major not a course. This is because chanoyu is a ‘Way’: it is
Japanese arts such as ceramics, calligraphy, poetry, practiced for the development of one’s character, for Fee (to cover material costs):
flowers and kaiseki cuisine. bringing the self nearer to perfection and for Adults: $12, Students: $8 per lesson.
Practicing the tea ceremony helps people think developing the skills for performing the ceremony alike.
more clearly, relax, become more disciplined and Newcomers with no experience are most welcome as Contact:
beautify interactions with others. For the are existing practitioners of chanoyu.
practitioner, the tea ceremony increases spiritual It is with the warmest invitation that the Ueda Sōko
Ryū welcomes you to practice Tea and savor the joy Mobile: 0409 353 370
emphasising the and fulfillment the practice offers. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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