So today I want to write about my Sadou classes here in Japan!
As you might know, Sadou means Tea cerenomy and this semester I have the great chance to learn, not only to attend a Tea cerenomy as a guest, but also to prepare tea as the host.
There is a traditional japanese tea room in my university, it's so amazing to learn Tea cerenomy in such a nice environment!
The room includes sliding doors, so that we can practice the correct way of entering a tea room and the tea equipment.
The tana, a shelf on which the utensils for tea cerenomy are put and the kama, pot with hot water, in the ground of the tea room.
Every week a new kakejiku (calligraphy) hangs int the room.
And infront of it is always ikebana, matching to the season or day.
So, I can not explain every single step how to attend a tea ceremony and I think most of my readers don't feel like reading a lot^^;
But tea cerenomy is really something that is neccessary to be learned and practiced.
First you enter the room. Of course you have to do certain hand- and bodymoves, bows and so on.
Then you first go to the calligraphy, knee down and bow.
You also have to look at the flowers, everytime you move or knee, you have to place your fan in certain ways infront of you.
Afterwards you go to the equipment of the host and bow infront of the hot pot and the shelf.
After that you go to your place and sit down, place the fan behind you.
Here is a video that shows everything!
The guest's material
I bought my materials in Kyoto. We can borrow them for the class from our teacher but I wanted to have my own things to take them home.
First you need a fan for tea cerenomy. Those are smaller than regular fans we know and you need them to carry them in the obi and put them infront you on the floor when you enter the room and knee infront of the calligraphy and flower and behind you when you sit.
Those beautiful papers are put int the kimono and when you eat sweets, you place them on the paper like on a plate.
You can either eat the wagashi (japanese sweets) with the wooden sticks on the right or with a knife which is made for eating sweets during tea cerenomy. I found this in Kyoto and because it wasn't expensive, I bought it.
Every week we get japanese sweets, which are soooo delicious and beautiful everytime^^
Of course there are also rules on how to eat the sweets^^
You first tell the person next to you who didn't eat until now, that you're going first (お先に頂戴いたします) and then you tell the host that you're gonna eat. (お菓子頂戴いたします), then you take them with the chopsticks, place them on your paper, clean the chopsticks by wipe them with one end of the paper. Then you take the sweet up, cut it with your knife and eat in within three to four steps.
Here is a video that shows how to take and eat sweets correctly!
After the sweets comes the Matcha!
The procedure of how to hold the bowl, greet your neighbours, honor the tea and the host and drinking is to compliacated to explain it now.
To those who are interested, I recommend this video!
Since two weeks we learn how to prepare Matcha and it's even more difficult than drinking it XD
But we can wear kimono and I take this chance as often as I can, I love kimono! (*O*)
Me preparing tea (-.-;;) I do my best but it is still difficult to remember the right movements and the order of everything. However, at least I can whisk the matcha in a way that foam appears and that's good, according to our teacher.
We have two teachers, they are so nice and cute(*-*) They show us everything and are also funny sometimes^^ I like them so much, it is so interesting (^^)
Here is a video on how to prepare Matcha!
So that was everything about my tea cerenomy classes at Nanzan University!
Finally spring has come, it's finally warm since a few days and since yesterday the sakura have started blooming!! (*0*)