The tea ceremony, or chanoyu (茶の湯, "hot water for tea"), is a Japanese spiritual tradition from the 15th century. It takes place with a small group of people and has several codified stages. Also, all utensils are meticulously well kept, from the chawan (茶碗, "tea bowl") to the chasen (茶筅, "tea whisk").
During this ceremony, the practitioner uses green tea powder called matcha. Moreover, this tea has beneficial health benefits. The consumption of green tea is part of the religious rituals in Buddhist monasteries for meditation sessions as it is part of the preparation of the samurai before a battle. Since the 16th century, the tea ceremony is practiced by most Japanese people.
The Consulate General of Japan in Marseille does tea ceremony workshops to make you discover different techniques in the rules of the art!
Tea ceremony demonstrations are organized in the Sormiou room, on the first floor of the Palais Des Congrès.
- Friday, February 28 at 1.30pm and 4pm
- Saturday, February 29 at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm
- Sunday, March 1st at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm
The demonstration lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and the workshop lasts between 30 and 40 minutes. Demonstrations are open without registration (maximum 30 seats). But, for workshops, only 20 people can participate, so it is imperative to register at the animation place. Also, it is highly recommended to have attended the demonstration before the workshop.
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