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  1. Chanoyu: The art & Tradition of the Japanese Tea ceremony LEQ: What key aspects of Japanese culture and tradition are represented in chanoyu?

  2. Chanoyu, chado, sado • Pronounced chäˈnô-yo͞oˈ • equivalent to cha(tea)  + no  (particle) + yu(hot water) An open tea house serving matcha (reproduced in 1846, originally compiled in 1500). The monk depicts the relationship between matcha culture, tea ceremony and Buddhism.

  3. A Brief Introduction to Tea

  4. Matcha How is matcha produced?

  5. The History of Tea Practice in Japan • Explain how the tea practice in Japan evolved. • What two key factors contributed to the development chanoyu?

  6. Four Basic Principles The chanoyu is a way to relieve the stress of everyday life, even for just a short while, by immersing in the Zen aesthetics of serenity and peace. Here are four of the philosophies portrayed in a Japanese tea ceremony: • Wa(harmony) – found in all the elements used in the ceremony and the room. The combination of colors, décor, equipment, all complement each other. • Kae (respect) – evident from the moment the guests pass through the nijiriguchi, a small entrance to the room. Guests kneel and bow to the hanging scroll, and sit as equals on the tatami mat. Each tea object is handled with the utmost care. • Sei(purity) – all stress and worry are left behind for a time. The space is meant to provide relaxation in the good company of friends. This concept is emphasized by the cleaning ritual of certain tea equipment such as the chawan, or tea bowl. • Jaku (tranquility) – this concept can only be achieved once the first three have been acknowledged and accepted.

  7. The Tearoom Tokonoma- alcove Scroll & chabana(“tea flowers”) arrangement which has roots in Ikebana (traditional flower arrangement)

  8. Chanoyu Seating - Seiza

  9. Chanoyu Utensils Hearth/Fire pit - Ro Ladle – Hishaku White Cloth – Chakin Tea bowl – Chawan Tea caddy- Natsume Tea scoop - Chashaku. Tea whisk– Chasen Colored cloth for symbolic cleansing - Fukusa Folding Fan - Sensu

  10. Chanoyu, the Way of Tea, is based upon the simple act of boiling water, making tea, offering it to others, and drinking of if ourselves. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both physical and spiritual thirst. ~ Sen. Soshitsu XV

  11. What key factors of Japanese culture and tradition are represented in chanoyu? Works consulted: Lai, Selena and Karen Tiegel. Tea and the Japanese Tradition of Chanoyu. SPICE. Stanford, 2005.