Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tea ceremony manners for guests 2


Continuation from the previous entry

3.    Enjoy your sweets before tea.
Oftentimes, sweets are served in one container.    You take one piece and place it on your kaishi paper with the chopsticks come along with the container.  Put back the chopsticks onto the container and pass it to the next guest.   You eat it before the tea is served.  If you cannot eat the whole sweet, you can wrap it with kaishi paper and take it home.  You don’t leave it there.


4.    Avoid drinking the tea from the front of tea bowl.
The side that has a design or pattern is the front of the tea bowl.  It is considered important.  To show your respect, avoid drinking from the front.  If the tea bowl is handed facing you with its front, turn it about 90 degrees and drink the tea from the side of the bowl.


5.    Observe the bowl at a low position.
You have a chance to observe the tea bowl after drinking the tea.  You hold it with both hands and treat it close to the floor if by any chance you slip it off from your hands.  If you want to see the bottom, you flip it while making sure some tea residue does not drip.  You do not hold the bowl up above your head to look at the bottom.   The value of the bowl might be worth a lot.  Imagine how you, the host, would feel if your guest carelessly held up your precious tea bowl above his head.


A significant fascination of the tea ceremony is the non-verbal communication that creates intimacy with others.   The host sincerely treats you with utmost hospitality with his precious utensils.   You should respond him with the respect and proper etiquette he deserves.   If the host sees you treating his bowl with care, he will gratefully acknowledge your consideration.  The manners are there to help you properly interact with others.  Now that you know the five rules, it’s your turn to experience the one of a kind ceremony!  Enjoy!!

1.    Take off your watch and accessories.
2.    Do not seat at the first and the last seats.
3.    Enjoy your sweets before tea.
4.    Avoid drinking the tea from the front of tea bowl.
5.    Observe the bowl at a low position.


7 comments:

  1. These are very helpful! Sometimes when you feel there are too many rules to remember, you forget to enjoy the experience. These are very good ones which would be easier to remember when you become excited to partake a tea ceremony. Thanks!

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    1. You are right! The most important thing is to enjoy the ceremony!

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