Japanese Tea Ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony (called “Sado” or “Cha no Yu” in Japanese) is a ritual for the preparation and serving of a special powdered green tea called “Matcha”. Strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, the aim of the tea ceremony is to purify the mind and attain a sense of peace and being at one with nature.
In the first week in September 2014, the HSC Culture Club looked at the procedure and the implements used. Students were able to make the tea using the bamboo teaspoon (茶杓, chashaku) and a bamboo whisk (茶筅, chasen). Unfortunately, we were unable to source the beautiful Japanese sweets that are eaten before the bitter tea is sipped, so we had to make do with some Arnotts biscuits instead!