Although famous abroad, tea has a much deeper significance in Japanese culture than is often appreciated.
“Chado” means “the way of tea” but is commonly translated as “tea ceremony” says Japan’s embassy to the Grand Duchy. The embassy hosts a traditional tea ceremony this week to share the experience and insight.
Sokei Kimura, a master from the London branch of the Urasenke Foundation, which promotes chado worldwide, will present: “the origins the tea, its evolution in Japan, its manners as well as spirituality.”
“Then he will give an authentic demonstration of this quintessential art and will thereby provide an opportunity to witness the appreciation of the subtle and austere beauty that may be discovered in things that at first glance seem humble and unassuming.”
The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in English.
Admission is free, but reservations are requested and can be made by telephoning the Japanese embassy: +352 46 41 51 51.
Cercle Cité, place d’Armes, Luxembourg-Centre
UPDATE: Since this article was originally published, the Cercle Cité has announced that “the tea ceremony is completely sold out”.
Photo of an Urasenke presentation in San Francisco (Asian Art Museum/Creative Commons)