Sadou

In Japan, there is a traditional tea ceremony called “sadou”.


In sadou, the master of the ceremony invites guests and serves Japanese traditional tea called Matcha.The spirit of sadou is based on Zen philosophy.

During the Kamakura period, as Zen became popular in Japan, so did sadou.

After that, in Azuchi-Momoyama period, Sen-no-rikyu invented “Wabicha” which became the origin of modern Sadou.The act of making tea is called “Temae”.

The master of the ceremony will bring his/her tools to make the tea. He/She will then clean the tea bowl and pour some hot water to warm up the bowl.The master of the ceremony will add matcha, pour hot water, stir with a bamboo whisk called “Chasen” and then serve it to the guest.When you receive the tea, you must first bow.

Before holding the bowl, you have to say “Otemae itadakimasu” to the master of the ceremony. You pick up the bowl with your right hand and put it on your left hand. Then turn the bowl twice clockwise to start drinking the tea.When you finished to drink tea, wipe your mouth with a cloth and return the bowl to the master of ceremony.After you return the bowl, you have to say “Kekkouna otemaedeshita” (“Thank you for making tea for me. It was good taste”) to the master of the ceremony. And then bow.Master says “Osomatsu sama desita” (It is good to hear as you could enjoy to drink tea. Thank you)

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