What we will do
Recently matcha green tea has become very popular all around the world. As you may know, matcha plays a very important role in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. However, learning about Japanese tea ceremony means much more than just learning to make matcha.
Why was this a necessary practice of samurais and monks in times past? Why is the "ceremony" still carried on today? Why do many foreign residents in Japan devote themselves to it? Come, step into the world of profound spirituality and set your soul free.
Experience Traditional Japanese Culture - Your opportunity to be part of Kyoto -
You can experience traditional Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy and ikebana, at Ami Kyoto. The foundation of Japanese traditional culture was laid in the Muromachi period. At that time, people called "ami" protected and promoted the emerging culture, including noh dance and the tea ceremony. They were priests who served a shogun or feudal lord, and sowed the seeds of our classical aesthetic values. Ami emphasized equality, virtue, harmony and calmness in their contribution to cultural development. "Ami Kyoto" continues to spread their spirituality which still underlies the Japanese culture of today.
It is a unique opportunity to be able to spend time inside a traditional machiya or Japanese townhouse. Kyoto was once filled with these simple wooden houses. Ours is about 80 years old and we think you'll agree it is still beautiful. Please come and immerse yourself in a quaint, yet elegant space.
Where we will meet
From JR Kyoto Station
Take the subway Karasuma Line, transfer to Tozai Line at Karasuma-Oike Station and get off at Higashiyama Station. 3 minutes walk from Exit #1.
Take Kyoto City Bus #5 and get off at "Jingumichi" or #100 and get off at "Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan Heian-jingu-mae" bus stop.
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What I will provide
- Introduction: You will learn the basic concepts and ideas of tea ceremony. You will also learn how to behave in a tea room and appreciate its decoration.
- The way of tea: You will watch a demonstration of the way of tea. We think you will enjoy the quiet and serene atmosphere.
- Hands-on: Make your own tea! We will tell you how to drink it, and also serve you a specially selected Japanese cake.
What to bring
Please just come, you don't have to prepare anything but interest and enthusiasm.
- Please arrive on time. We cannot allow latecomers to join a session once it has started.
- Reservations are not required, but they are recommended to guarantee your place.
- The average number of participants is 6-7 people, but the maximum count of each session is 12 people.
- We are unable to respond to your calls or email on Sundays. Thank you for understanding.