tea bowl for summer

How to make Ice green tea (Matcha) in summer?

The star festival called Tanabata is derived from the legend of Alter and Vega, who were parted between the milky way. July 7th is the only one day in the year the couple can meet. In Kyoto, the tea ceremony for star festival is held in Kibune shrine, where a grand master dedicates tea to the god. I have never joined, but many tea masters attend it every year. I plan to hold the special tea ceremony for star festival in Tea Ceremony Koto from June 20th to July 10th.     The legend of Alter…

Special Tea Ceremony for Tanabata festival in Japan The star festival called Tanabata is derived from the legend of Alter and Vega, who were parted between the

Have you ever heard of “Wedding tea ceremony” in Japan? Actually, it’s really unique one, not so popular, but some Japanese couple experienced “Cha-kon shiki” (wedding ceremony using the style of  tea ceremony) in Kyoto Japan lately. Using the tea ceremony for thick tea and sharing a bowl with members of 2 families, they can make the family tie stronger.       The new style of wedding using the traditional tea ceremony    My customers from foreign countries often ask me “Do you have the…

What's Wedding tea ceremony in Japan? Have you ever heard of “Wedding tea ceremony” in Japan?

Zenka Sho-in is the beautiful Japanese house with a large garden and a traditional ware house. It is a special café for Castella as well as the gallery & shop for Japanese sweets. The special Castella is called “Zen”, which is very moist compared to other ordinal sponge cakes.     The traditional Japanese house of 300 years old    It’s in the east area of Nijo- castle in Kyoto, where we have many traditional sweets shops, kimono shops, and old houses. Walking the path, I have found a larg...

Zenka Sho-in is the beautiful Japanese house with a large garden and a traditional ware house. It is a special café for Castella as well as the gallery &

Hello, I’m a master of Urasenke, one of the biggest tea school in Japan. I welcomed over 3000 foreigners including the guests of the tea house I had worked for before I opened my tea house KOTO. Today, one of my guest asked me how to do tea ceremony outside because it’s great season to go outside in Kyoto now.     The most casual way of tea outside. ”Ryakubon date”    The way of tea the beginners learn first is called “Ryakubon date”. After leaning the way of folding the cloth “fukusa” to…

Do you have the tea ceremony outside as well? Hello, I’m a master of Urasenke, one of the biggest tea school in Japan. I welcomed over 3000 foreigners

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How to make Ice green tea (Matcha) in summer?

Even in the end of May, it’s very hot (over 30℃) in Kyoto now. I wonder what happen in the real summer in July and August, but some of my guests said they felt like roasted over the sun yesterday. Some people asked me “Do you have some cold drink here?” although we usually don’t have the menu of cold drink like café since we are the house for traditional tea ceremony. But hearing that, I have made cold matcha as a trial.        The Cold powdered green tea for summer!   First, just make…

Even in the end of May, it’s very hot (over in Kyoto now. I wonder what happen in the real summer in July and August, but some of my guests said they felt

tea bowl for star festival

Special Tea Ceremony for Tanabata festival in Japan The star festival called Tanabata is derived from the legend of Alter and Vega, who were parted between the

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The full moon festival is held in many shrines and temples in Kyoto around September Hirano shrine near Kinkakuji temple is one of them.

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The Full moon day in Daikakuji temple in Sagano Kyoto

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Tea Ceremony Koto starts the special tea ceremony at night in the weekend. You can experience Japanese light meal, fresh sweets, Japanese cookies,

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Nearly everyone who visits Kyoto for the first time visits Kinkakuji Temple, the golden pavilion, one of the Japan’s world heritage sites.

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