Happy #Tokyo #Tuesday #Family!!! Fam, last week at this time I was enjoying the #Beautiful, #HOT and #Humid city of Tokyo, Japan!!! Although I had been there several times before, I didn't get to Experience the Splendor of the #city ever like this. So for the next few days, I'm going to take you on a Journey around #Tokyo and Relive some of those Wonderful Highlights again.
After resting, Diane my Chaperone, Surprised me with a Tea Ceremony.....In #Japan, a tea ceremony is known as cha-no-yu, or chadou – 'the way of tea.' It is the ceremonial preparation and enjoyment of #matcha (powdered green tea). The Japanese tea ceremony has a set of practices, etiquette, and characteristics that define it and set it apart from other cultural ceremonies.
The #Japanese #Tea Ceremony represents #harmony, #respect, #purity and #tranquillity which we must embrace in order to achieve the main purpose of the Tea Ceremony. The Ceremony gives a positive impact and teaches good characteristics that need to be instilled in everyone such as #manners, #beauty, #simplicity, #respect, #appreciation, #discipline, #humbleness and #kindness. NOW, beforeThe Japanese Tea Ceremony Began, I had to be fitted in a Ceremonial Kimono from Head to Toe....I really wanted to follow the Tradition!!! After kneeling with the Host, I took a seat, The Teishu (host), presents the guests with moist sweets called #Omogashi, that are served before drinking #Matcha tea, these are placed on the Kaishi paper with Kuromoji chopsticks. Omogashi are moist and therefore they shouldn’t be handled with the hands because this makes the fingers sticky. After the sweets are eaten, The process of preparing the Matcha Tea to drink takes several steps that are very important to follow as to Not insult your Host or the Guest, and Believe Me, I paid very good Attention as My Host took me through every step before allowing me to do it on my own!! Scroll Left <-------and let's see if I'm ready to host my OWN Tea Ceremony!!! #derrickrutledge #ilovewhatido #oprah #lovelife #livelife