Tokyo Cultural Experience Reviews
Tea ceremony and Yukata session Jul 26, 2011
Want to try something different while you're in Tokyo-Japan? At the same time you can also learn and experience more on Japanese tradition which are vary from tea ceremony, kimono/yukata wearing, sushi making, calligraphy, origami, rickshaw tour and many more. If you are interested, you can get more details information in their website, Institute for Japanese Cultural Exchange and Experience -IJCEE.
My friend and I opted for the mini tea ceremony and yukata (casual kimono) wearing study during our visit to Tokyo. It's really a unique and different kind of experience, compared to the usual city sight-seeing and shopping activity :D We booked in advance for the time slot; the email correspondence was done by my friend and we got a quick and helpful response to our queries.
On the day of the event, we met Ms Kuniko (the representative from the IJCEE) at the train station. From there we took a brief walk to a nearby neighborhood, to one of the traditional Japanese houses where the ceremony took place. It was the house of the sensei who help us with the yukata wearing and is the tea master. As soon as we arrived there, we changed to our yukata outfit and it was beautiful. The sensei was really friendly, she's explaining in details to my friend on how to tie the 'obi' --a ribbon belt-- for the yukata, since my friend had a set of yukata at home and don't know how to tie the 'obi'.
After that we continue with the tea ceremony. The sensei not only demonstrating the whole process but she also explaining the essence of the tea ceremony itself. We were given Japanese sweet cake made from rice which are very sweet... it's a perfect companion for the tea prepared, which is thick, bitter yet very nice. After that we also given the opportunity to be the tea master, we prepared tea to be served to each other. Well, skill is definitely needed here... it didn't seem as easy as it look. My tea end up too watery while my friend's was way too bitter...lol :P
But in all, we really enjoy our new experience. We sure recommend it to anyone who is interested to know and learn more about Japanese tradition and culture.
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