When I was in Japan, I experienced the tea ceremony a few times. I instantly liked the taste and am surprised when people don’t. It has a fresh grass taste.
Matcha is powdered green tea that is made from the first small leaves budding in the spring. They give the tea its characteristic bright green color.
A monk told us that after drinking it, we would look more beautiful as the large quantity of vitamin C it contains was absorbed into our blood stream.
Tea sweets are served with the tea. It’s our equivalent of a cookie or two. It is usually less sweet than we are used to. The whole ceremony is beautiful; the utensils, the tea bowls, and the artful way the tea sweets are wrapped and presented.
Monks would have a sweet and the tea which has caffeine before meditating. It would help them to keep wakeful during the meditation.
These pictures are of some of my pottery for tea . The one with the wider diameter is used in summer because the greater surface area allows the tea to cool faster.
During the tea ceremony, the focus is on what is present in the moment. There is a flower arrangement and art work. The past or the future are not brought into the conversation.
It increases the relaxation and the enjoyment for me to practice staying in the present.
© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur