What to Expect
There is a Japanese word 'Tea and Zen are one taste'. This means tea and Zen are different activity, but their mental attitude and approach are the same.
In this tour, I planned these two activities to make you feel the depth of Japanese culture.
First, we visit Zen Buddhism temple and practice meditation. You focus on the breath and yourself in the present moment that give concentration and calmness of your mind.
Then we go to Tsukiji area to have breakfast.
After that we go to tea house to experience tea ceremony.
Tea master prepares tea by highly stylized manner called 'Temae'. You have Japanese sweet and tea in very settled atmosphere and learn spirit of Japanese culture influenced by Zen philosophy. Viewing a teahouse and tea utensils is one of the enjoyment as well.
Since I have been learning Tea Ceremony about 6 years I’m pleased to tell you the history of ‘Chado’ (the way of tea) and its aesthetics.
Below is the time schedule:
6:30 am : Meet at the No.2 ticket gate of Hiroo Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
7:00 am - 8:00 am : Meditate at Zen temple
Eat breakfast around Tsukiji fish market (If you don't want to eat sushi for breakfast I can arrange different meal according to your request).
10:00 am - 10:40 am Tea ceremony