TEA TRAVELER: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Netherlands, France … and now Ibiza !
Lecturer in the Art of Tea
Lives in Belgium, previously in Japan, H.K., Singapore, Australia, South Africa
Master in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
Omote Senke, Zen philosophy
The tea ceremony can be an informal tea gathering (CHAKAI – tea gathering) or true formal event (CHAJI – tea event).
A CHAKAI includes confections, thin tea, and sometimes a light meal. A CHAJI is a much more formal gathering, usual including a full – course KAISEKI meal followed by confections, thick tea, and thin tea.A CHAJI may last up to four hours.
In the 15th century MATCHA started to be seen a more spiritual pursuit, going hand and hand with the guest for simplicity.
Simplicity was preached by the work MURATA JUNKO, founder of the Japanese tea ceremony as we know it today.
It was one of his student RIKYU, who defined the four principles of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Experience the Way of Tea:
Four Principles of Life
1. Harmony (和）
2. Respect: Focusing on Now (敬）
3. Purity: Finding Beauty in Simplicity (静)
4. Tranquility: Appreciating Quiet（寂）