You will experience the Japanese art of tea ceremony (sado), Japanese calligraphy (shodo), wearing kimono in a real Japanese family home. This is a very relaxed activity for those interested in Japanese art, family life, meditation or simply if you want to avoid bad weather outside. You will also get to learn about family life in Japan. We are a bilingual family (English-Japanese), so you don't need to worry about having any language problems. Our house is quite large, so there is plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy the following activities: (1) Enjoy tea ceremony (sado) in a Japanese tatami room, where you sit on the floor. It is a form of meditation, immersing yourself in the act of preparing, serving & drinking matcha green tea (with a sweet) in an authentic environment. (2) Try out a kimono from a selection or colours and patterns. We will help you put on the kimono. You will feel how tight and how uncomfortable, yet beautiful it is to wear one. (3) Then try Japanese calligraphy (shodo), which is another form of art & mediation. You can write Chinese characters, Japanese hiragana, idioms, haiku and much more to exercise your fingers.
I took classes in Japanese tea ceremony (sado) and Japanese calligraphy (shodo) in school where i had a very strict teacher, but we will have a relaxed tea ceremony and calligraphy lesson where you learn the history, practice and meaning of tea ceremony and calligraphy in Japanese culture. The philosophy of tea ceremony is to relax and have a quiet time and appreciate smaller things in life. Japanese calligraphy has a long tradition of writing with a brush, focusing on each stroke, to relax your mind while exercising your fingers. Both of these activities are forms of art and meditation where the focus is more on the process than the outcome. To appreciate the moment as in zen buddhism.
+Matcha green tea +Japanese sweet +drinking water or barley tea
+Kimono +brush, ink, paper etc. for calligraphy
All the activities will take place at our house. The tea ceremony and calligraphy will be either in the Japanese traditional tatami room or in our dining room as it is more comfortable to sit in chairs. A 1300 year old temple is 2 minutes on foot from our house so it is possible to visit it. There is also a local shrine we can visit.
Ask for availability on other time/date or larger group? Our local station is 18 mins from Osaka Station by JR Train (260yen/free for JR Pass) and 23 mins (30 mins local train) from Kyoto Station (460yen/free for JR Pass). Our house is a short walk to the station.
Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy & Kimono