We will be hosting a Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration at our store on Thursday, November 12th. We will be doing 3 seatings for the demonstration, and each seating will be limited to 5 people. In each demonstration, we will go through the ceremony twice. The demonstration will begin with a discussion and explanation of what will be happening, the format, and what is required of the guest experiencing the tea ceremony. After the explanation, we will do the first run of the tea ceremony. Following the first run, we will have another discussion session and have time for a question and answer session. There will then be a second run of the tea ceremony. The entire process should take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Tea Master, Sachi Motomura, is a practitioner of the Enshu style of tea ceremony. She practices in Japan, and has attained a high level certification that allows her to teach others. You can read about the Enshu Sado here:
The type of tea served in tea ceremony is called Matcha (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha). It is one of the few types of tea in which the actual leaf is consumed while drinking the tea. Matcha is served together with Japanese sweets. These can often include adzuki bean paste or pressed Japanese sugar candies.
We kindly ask that guests refrain from using their cell phones and taking video during the event (pictures are ok). We also will ask all guests to remove jewelry from their hands (including rings, bracelets, and/or watches). Out of respect for the ceremony, we also ask that guests avoid wearing sandals, flip flops, torn jeans, and t-shirts to the event.