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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on September 11, 2009

Visiting the wonderful Chinzanso Hotel in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward I was invited to see this dry run simulation of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony by one of the very kind staff members of the hotel. Chinzanso Hotel is famous for its lavish wedding ceremonies, complete with a chapel and a gorgeous classic Japanese garden which might well be one of the best private gardens in Tokyo. It is located roughly between JR Mejiro Station and the Edogawabashi station of the Yurakucho line.

For all my years in Japan this was the first and still only time to have been invited to take photos of a tea ceremony so it was quite interesting for me!






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  1. Don said, on September 11, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Beautiful, beautiful images.


    • tokyobling said, on September 11, 2009 at 4:50 am

      Don, thank you for your kind comments, always!


  2. pk1154 said, on September 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I was able to watch a demonstration of a traditional Tea Ceremony at a special cultural exhibit earlier this year (on March 3, so we also enjoyed a Doll Festival display.) The gentle, careful movements, especially the handling of the napkin were so…enchanting works, and so does elevating and ethereal.

    When I went to see the movie Okuribito this summer, it (at times) reminded my of the feelings I had experienced at the Tea Ceremony.


    • tokyobling said, on September 17, 2009 at 6:15 am

      Hi pk1154, sorry for the late reply. Okuribito, I haven’t seen that one. I am so not-up-to-date on popular media that is almost frightening. I agree with you, the beauty of most things Japanese are in the details. I have shot countless doll festival displays throught the years but not once have I managed to get a decent picture. Must do better next time around!


  3. Celina said, on September 11, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Vad fina bilder på en teceremoni. Apropå det och din post skolstarten, blir det ju teceremoni skola med Eiko-Soei framöver nu, plus ytterligare en te-kurs av en te författare. Så de här fina bilderna är verkligen inspirerande…..också att det finns trevliga människor man kan råkas med i livet/resande. Litet åt bloggen `see u in Kyoto´ i min blogroll, talade om “… If you know the word ‘Ichigo Ichie’ directly meaning ‘meeting only once in a lifetime’ (can be translated ‘Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur’), you may agree that hanami is a way of our appreciation for beauty of cherries …” underbart att läsa om snälla människor…fina momenten & alla “Ichigo Ichie” din kamera kan berätta om…


  4. Cheksa said, on September 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for answering on the previous entry.

    This series is also fantastic. The blueish colors of the decor mixed with the warm color of the lady and tea items works great.

    More please ^_^


    • tokyobling said, on September 12, 2009 at 5:08 am

      You’re welcome! If you’re into lighting check out tomorrow’s post!

      Yes, I was rather pleased with the mix of colors from the outside light and the room light. Too bad the nice old lady didn’t want me to take a proper portrait (old people are beautiful).


  5. cheksa said, on September 12, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Well, old people have the story of a lifetime written in the geography of their face. Most of the time it makes their portrait very expressive.


    • tokyobling said, on September 14, 2009 at 12:22 am

      If that is true my face will look either as plain as a map of the Sahara or as deep and furrowed as the Tokyo subway system. I for one, route for the Sahara!


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