March 20, 2008

Greetings to all who are interested in the "Japanese Tea Ceremony". I would like to use this blog to write about my studies of the "Way of Tea" and am looking forward to reading your ideas and opinions about it, too! At the moment i am also very busy creating a web-site with lots of information on the Tea Ceremony. I think there are already many people who share their experience and knowledge about the Tea Ceremony which is great. However, there isn't much information on Omote-Senke and its procedure and rituals, so I'd like to share with everyone my studies of Omote-Senke's approach to the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
As soon as my web-site is up-and-running, I'll inform you right away on this blog!! right now I'm guessing it will happen within two weeks or so.
If you are as exited as I am about the Japanese Tea ceremony, please leave your comments on this blog or write me an e-mail.
Thank you.


Anonymous said...


I am interested in learning the tradition of 茶の湯 either through the Urasenke or Omotesenke School. It is good to see that I finally found someone who specializes in the Omotesenke school. What do you see as the main differences between the two schools (besides those listed under your description of the sansenke)? Why did you choose Omotesenke over the other schools?

tea-ceremony admin said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment. To answer your question; as I explained the differences between Urasenke and Omotesenke on the Japanese tea ceremony schools page, the Urasenke seems to be more posh than Omotesenke. The way I came into contact with the Japanese tea ceremony provided me with an experience that was more than the superficial drinking of green tea froth. For me it was a spiritual experience and I felt a wordless communication with the host of the ceremony. After some research about the history of the tea ceremony I understood the connection it has with Buddhism and the spiritual aspect of the whole ceremony.
I guess anyone can make some tea for other people, but I want to prepare a bowl of green tea from my heart without using the mind. Omotesenke fits this ideal of “Simple and pure tea…”
I hope my answer was helpful. Looking forward to read more of your comments.