The Culture of Tea

The Culture of Tea


A formal Kyoto style meal given usually after tea or formal scenarios). Kaiseki dishes vary seasonally and are often vegetarian due to the strong influences of Zen Buddhism on Kyoto cuisine.  For more information on Kaiseki, please consult the bookmarks section.





A Hanging Scroll, or kakemono is one of the most important equipment in a tea room because it symbolizes the spiritual aspect of the ceremony; a host decides which kakemon he chooses in order to symbolize his purpose for a particular ceremony to guests.

  • WA-KEI-SEI-JAKU: It is said that this word shows the basic idea of chado. “Wa” means harmony. “Kei” means respect. “Sei” means purity. “Jaku” means tranquillity. We can finally reach “jaku” through “wa”, “kei” , and “sei.”
  • ICHI-GO-ICHI-E: Meet once. People can have only one particular tea party (or an event in life) even though the same people will meet again. So, one moment is very important, and meeting people is so solemn.
  • EN: Freedom, Equality, and Indiscrimination
  • MU: MU is not EN. MU consists of all objects and ideas in the world such as Yes, No, Zero, and One even though they seems to be opposite.
  • SHU-JIN-KOU: True oneself
  • KITSU-SA-KO: It is saying that a bowl of tea is served to everyone whoever wants.





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