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The Tea Crane Blog — a: Stephen Sōshun

Enjoy with us, serious fun! -- Tea-ceremony in Kyoto.

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The rite of Tea is perhaps the most compact microcosm of what makes Japan’s cultural traditions some among the world’s most extraordinarily refined ways of doing things – refined in the sense having shed values that cannot make sense to any outsider, once the function of those traditions has been briefly pointed out.

Japan’s culture is one that had, by the eighteenth century, acquired the world’s highest rate of literacy among women, developed the world’s most eco-friendly recycling-system, its best printing and lending-library industry, and its most health-supportive basic cuisine.

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What does it mean to be a guest at our workshop.

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While most Tea-ceremony ‘experiences’ misleadingly present nothing but thin tea, authentic Tea-ceremony can be properly understood only through direct encounter with (the awesome, and heady) thick tea.

This is what this workshop exceptionally offers – and only afterwards will frothy thin tea, too, be served to you, as that final, and casual, refreshment as which it has always been provided.

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