KCP’s Fall 2018 Batch of Students Experience Chanoyu

Also known as the Way of the Tea, the chanoyu (茶の湯) in Japanese culture. The manner in which the event is performed is called otemae.  The tea ceremony is highly influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism.

Tea gatherings are classified as chaji (茶事) or chakai (茶会). A chakai is a simple hospitality event that includes thin tea, confections, and a light meal. A chaji is a formal gathering that includes a full course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea, and then thin tea. A chaji ceremonial gathering lasts for at least four hours.

chashitsu is a room specially built for tea ceremonies. It has a waiting area, tatami floors, a low ceiling, shoji (screens), an alcove for scrolls, a hearth built into the floor, and several entrances for guests and host. The tea room usually has a low ceiling and no furniture, The guest and host sit seiza-style, a term for one of the traditional formal ways of sitting in Japan), on the floor.The KCP campus has its very own chashitsu.

Join KCP’s Fall 2018 batch of students as they experience the Japanese tea ceremony.

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