WHAT TO EXPECT AT A JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY
- Chakai traditional ceremonies usually host about 4 or 5 guests, who are each served a teacup of thin green tea.
- Sado more formal include the drinking of thick green tea, which is drank from a bowl shared by guests.
◊ Along with the role of host there is the shokyaku, the main guest who is responsible for interacting with the teishu or host.
◊ Bow once after the tea is served, again just before drinking the tea and again after putting the empty cup down.
◊ Try to drink the tea in only two or three sips, ensuring that any patterns on the cup are facing away from you.
◊ Be sure to wear white socks on the day as you will need to remove your shoes upon entering and try to avoid tight or revealing clothing for this traditional experience.