Tea originated in China and was brought to Japan by monks. The tea used in the tea ceremony is matcha, which is called matcha. The tea ceremony is a kind of ritual, in which the host places matcha in a large tea bowl, pours hot water into it, and stirs it with a bamboo whisk called a chasen until the tea is frothy. The guest then drinks it and thanks them in a determined way. Guests and hosts sit in a tea room carefully decorated with hanging scrolls and other artistic objects.
The formal tea ceremony as a matter of fact involves two servings of food and tea, and lasts about four hours while the host engages his entire being in the creation of an occasion designed to bring aesthetic, intellectual, and physical enjoyment and peace of mind to the guest.
To achieve this level, the tea host or hostess spend a long period of time not only mastering the measured procedures for serving tea in front of guests, but also learning to appreciate the arts, crafts, poetry, calligraphy, and even learning to arrange flowers, cooking, and caring for the garden while at the same time instilling grace, selflessness and attentiveness to one’s own needs and those of others.
Conversations in the tea room do not engage in small talk or gossip, but in their conversations discuss the origins of the tools and admire the beauty of natural phenomena.
The purpose of the tea gathering is to live in this moment, which is one concept in Zen Buddhism, and the entire ritual is designed to focus the senses so that one is fully involved in the occasion and not distracted by everyday thoughts.
The complete tea ceremony may make you wonder if the Japanese do anything for relaxation at home on a regular basis. This is not the case. Hospitality in the tea ceremony has always been the privilege of the elite, with the exception of Buddhist priests.