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Tea Ceremony Experience En
Ranked #19 of 98 Classes & Workshops in Kyoto
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Owner description: En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto. You can enjoy an authentic tea ceremony experience first hand. Tea ceremony (the way of tea) is one of Japan's traditional cultural practices, and is a name given to an art that synthesizes the preparation and drinking of tea together with spirituality, history, architecture, the appreciation of handmade tea utensils. En offers a participatory introduction to Japanese tea ceremony for everyone to enjoy!
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Finding things can be hard, but directions were excellent from website. She was very welcoming and hospitable. Also excellent in explaining the different aspects of the Tea Ceremony - yummy little treat too.

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Reviewed June 30, 2012

A must do for those who want to learn the traditional side of Japan. I was so naive before attending this experience. Usually a ceremony is around 4 hours for true Japanese, however you can do it in an hour but still appreciate it.

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

In a traditional Japanese house with tatami floors (shoe removal is required, so be sure to have nice clean socks or pedicure) and sliding paper doors/walls, a Japanese woman who speaks excellent English, performs a short, light Japanese tea ceremony (40 minutes end-to-end at a cost of 2000 yen per person), while explaining the meaning of every item and gesture. Only about 10 people attend at a time. You sit on the floor. Times are 3, 4, 5 and 6pm. You might be able to attend at a last minute, if space is available, but it is best to call and reserve. After presentation and explanation, those in attendance are given individual sets and are invited to prepare their own tea. The hostess checks, helps (with a provided bamboo whisk, powder green tea and hot water combination should be wiped to a cappuccino-like froth) and invites you to drink the tea you made, after checking that bowl is properly held and turned. Photos are allowed, if they do not disturb and there is no flash. Room is dim, so bring up ISO to at least 800 or higher and shoot wide open – F2.8 is best. Wide to medium wide lens is best - anything between 16mm and 34mm in 35mm terms will work, if you have a crop factor or magnification factor on the camera – go with a shorter lens, even a fish-eye. Shooting is floor level, or hand held. You may use a table-top tripod in its lowest setting, or a bean bag – but setting camera directly on the floor will work the best. Ceremony is a bit short, but gives you the basics and appreciation for tradition and details that you might later notice in restaurants among the Japanese, especially women, in the way the cup is held while they drink any tea. This will be a silent clue to a person’s manners, etiquette, education and class – you gain small “inside” knowledge. At the end there is an opportunity to buy various (new) items used in the tea ceremonies. The bamboo whisks and spoons are a 1000 yen each and tea bowls are a 3000 yen each. I initially assumed those to be elevated tourist prices, but they turned out to be the Best prices on those items Anywhere! In almost any store that will carry tea ceremony items and is oriented towards the Japanese customers, a whisk will cost 3 times that! I regretted not buying my items at En and ended up spending a lot more, after extensive shopping around… Oh well. If you are reading this, you are interested in Japanese culture and tradition. Tea ceremony is integral part of it. I recommend doing this – it is worth it and enriches your visit to Japan.

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

My friends and I turned up one day and booked in for the next days 6pm session.

We turned up and the lady showed up the tradition of a tea ceremony and gave us information regarding what it was about and what things meant.

She let us mix our own tea. She was very pleasant and a good host.

This was definitely a good experience and worth the money!! (JPY 2000)

We got a bit confused on how to find it, but on hindsight that was more us than where it is!!

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