How to Enjoy an Asian Tea Ceremony
The consumption of healthy beverages has increased in popularity in recent years. People have begun to appreciate the health benefits while also appreciating Asian tea decor. While some of these new drinkers may be benefitting from the effects of the drink, few of them realize it has a rich, cultural history. Often, the ceremony includes a variety of items specifically used for drinking. The ritual of drinking is based on a desire to achieve tranquility. Asian décor and ceremonial practices enhance the experience NY ASIAN ESCORT AGENC.
The ceremony is often elaborate and requires a great deal of preparation. There are different styles of ceremony from which a host can choose, and the ceremony embraces the uniqueness of the individual ceremony. In a traditional ceremony, the event is usually held inside of a teahouse in the garden. Much of the focus of the preparation is on cleansing the environment and the vessels used to make and serve the drink. Included in this purification is the purification of the host, which includes cleansing of the hands and mouth with fresh water.
The group invited to the ceremony is usually small. Prior to the beginning of the ceremony, a main representative is chosen from the guests. The guests are then escorted to an area of the garden that is sprinkled with water. They quietly sit waiting for the host, ceremonially removing the dirt and dust of the outside world. When it is time to enter the room, the guests are greeted with a silent bow. Each of the guests purify themselves as the host has done, and the last person to enter closes the door.
There is both water and fire in the ceremony, meant to represent the philosophy of yin and yang. Ceremonies during daylight hours begin with a gong and ceremonies at night begin with a bell. The room is often filled with beautiful kettles, flowers, and a decorated hearth. The host carries the paraphanalia associated with the making of the drink including the whisk, the cloth, and the scoop for the leaves. Each of these items has a special Japanese name.
The tools are purified and then the bowl is filled with the hot water. The host empties the bowl and wipes it with the towel, called the chakin. Each guest is given three scoops of leaves and this is placed into the communal bowl. It is whisked into a paste and then additional hot water is added. When the drink has reached the consistency of cream, it is passed to the main guest. That guest bows and accepts it, admires the bowl, drinks from it, and then after wiping the rim passes it to the next guest. Once each guest has tasted the drink, the bowl is returned to the host for cleaning. At the end of the ceremony, the guests enjoy conversation about the ceremony.