Chado, “the Way of Tea,” is a traditional, formal Japanese Tea Ceremony. The ceremony was perfected in the 16th century by Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyu. Rikyu designed Chado as a spiritual practice of Wu (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity) and Jaku (tranquility). Chado is a practice in mindfulness, encouraging the participants to focus on the goodness around them and to be present in the moment.
Traditionally, guests walk through a landscaped garden before entering the tea house. Upon arrival, they are greeted by the host in a simple room decorated with either a hanging scroll or a vase of flowers and a floor laid with mats made from woven reeds. As guests kneel on the mats, the host serves sweets and matcha, a type of green tea, using elegant, choreographed movements. The tea is served in ceramic bowls, using a hot iron kettle and stirred with a bamboo whisk. This practice represents the five elements of Taoism: water, earth, wood, fire and metal.
Join tea practitioner Bob Bernhards for a traditional Japan Tea Ceremony at the Elden Street Tea Shop on Nov. 10 from noon to 4pm. Limited seating in each session; four guests max per session. We sincerely hope that this experience will broaden your appreciation of this art form and that you will, of course, enjoy a good bowl of tea. Click here to buy your ticket!
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.