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I Tasted 187 Teas In One Day.

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

From 9am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon I tasted 98 different kinds of sencha, 14 types of Gyokuro, and 75 variations of oxidized and fermented teas. In total, I tasted 187 teas in about 7 hours, more than I have ever tasted, and more than I ever believed I was capable of doing in the span of just one day.

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A lesson on Bancha at a Prime Minister's villa

Posted by Stephen Sōshun on

Most commonly Bancha is considered as tea that is drunk on a daily basis, and is thus therefore supposed to be ‘inexpensive.

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Three Faces of Nature

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

In just two hours, we had tasted 5 teas, and watched 3 different gardens. I couldn’t have thought of a more unique tea tasting myself. The taste of the teas we savored may never be the same again; and the occasion, shared with all attendees, will never return. This afternoon has turned into a treasure to be kept in our hearts forever.

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Visiting The Shapers Of The Japanese Tea Of The Future.

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

I believe that tea is not suited for mass production. On the contrary, it must be savored and treasured with great care and compassion, as it is the life and energy of the bush that we are allowed to receive.

 

 

 

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Directions for 2017

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

Would you prefer a mere translation of your word from language to language? Or will you choose to convey your message from heart to heart?

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy the rite of tea at your lodging.

Posted by Tyas Sōsen on

We brought our equipment, installed them in one of the Japanese-styled rooms to resemble the tea-environment as good as we could, and entertained our visitors with a thorough and enjoyable afternoon of tea-ceremony. The location in itself was beautiful, and this contributed to the agreeable atmosphere the space generated. The equipment made it complete and I feel that we were successful in bringing tea with us, and enacting it at a location we have never been before.

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Tea gathering for the World Forum on Sport and Culture

Posted by Tyas Sōsen on

Last Saturday, on October 22nd, we were enabled to further employ our expertise in Japanese culture and the rite of tea when the Grandmaster of our school, Kobori Sōjitsu Iemoto (小堀宗実家元) – head of the Enshū tradition of warrior tea (遠州流茶道) – hosted a tea-gathering for foreign officials and business leaders, participating in the World Forum on Sport and Culture, held in Kyoto and Tokyo. The gathering was held in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado (高円宮姫殿下) after a viewing of her personal exhibition of netsuke (根付) accessories, currently on display at Tokyo National Museum.

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7 Reasons Why Hot Tea Cools Your Body Better Than Cold Water In Summer.

Posted by Tyas Huybrechts on

Why we should drink hot drinks instead of chilled drinks on hot days? 7 reasons that will change how you look at that chilled glass of water in summer.

1. Hot tea cools you down. This may sound like the biggest paradox: ice actually triggers your body to heat up. When we drink cold water in summer, our bodies have to compensate for the difference in temperature by heating up more, which leads to even more overheating and related conditions like sunstroke and dizziness. Drinking warm drinks allows the body to relax, calm down, and cool itself down to a normal homeostatic temperature (equilibrium) without needing to compensate for the difference in temperature.

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A Respectful Foreign Interpretation of the Tea Ceremony - by Terrie Lloyd

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

This article was published on Terrie's Take, a bi-weekly focused look at the tourism sector in Japan, by Terrie Lloyd, a long-term technology and media entrepreneur living in Japan, and it features my activities as a tea-ceremony instructor and my underlying beliefs.

My lifetime goal? Through tea-ceremony and sharing a cup of tea, I want to introduce the essence of tea ceremony to as many people possible, hoping the experience will provide even the slightest of inspirations to help change their lives for the better.

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The First Belgian to be Certified as Nihoncha Instructor.

Posted by Tyas Huybrechts on

Over the years, not a few wise persons have pointed out to me, “The end of one thing is always the beginning of another.” This now resonates for me quite distinctly: for, having at last received such certification, I am once again confronted with a new challenge; and the road ahead is long and arduous.

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