I have always been curious to the art of tea preparation especially in Japan. I feel that the tea here are always prepared with much time, effort, detail and love. One could easily search for a video online but nothing beats witnessing it in person, and doing it as well.
The place was quite small as most spaces here are yet it exudes this cozy and warm feel. I liked the little details placed here and there. In terms of its location, it may be a little hard to find. I was in constant communication with them on how to go here. They do give out clear instructions with matching photos.
Picture taking was allowed during the ceremony. No flash photography though as it could distract the person preparing the tea. As much as I wanted to take multiple photos, I just basked in that moment. I was enthralled at the attention paid to every step, and how every action seemed calculated. In case you’re curious as to how the ceremony went, click here for their sample video. 🙂
After the ceremony, we had a taste of the matcha tea which was a bit bitter. I did like the smooth finish. It just made me feel warm all over. 🙂
Their tea is usually paired with some sweet treat just to balance the flavor out. And this really balanced it with the tea having a slight sweet taste after.
And it was our turn to make some tea! I was excited for this part. I must say that the whisking part was the challenging one. Not to brag but the person there commended my whisking skills. Hihihi 😀 And yes, I made some good tea. 🙂
On my family’s 2nd trip to Kyoto, I wanted something that was out of the ordinary. As much as all the sights here are simply breathtaking, it’s good to break away from that and experience this. Winning Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for two consecutive years, this authentic tea ceremony experience will surely win your hearts as it did with mine. 🙂
Camellia Tea Ceremony
Official website: http://www.tea-kyoto.com/