Tea ceremony teaches to appreciate every moment
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The tea ceremony and Japan have long become inseparable in the world. Why this ancient Japanese tradition is alive and relevant became more understandable in the process of the ceremony of Japanese masters held in Tashkent in early April.
Surprisingly, it would seem that the real masters of their work, representing the Urasenke school from the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto, seemed to be familiar to many of the tea ceremony, as if they had been rediscovered to Tashkent residents. Here, the atmosphere of the ceremony was influenced by a number of components - and the amazing charm of the spring Japanese Garden, where the meeting was held, and the calm speech of the master who accompanied every significant action, and even the representatives of the Urasenke school - women in Kimano, who despite their adult age, fascinated with their grace and worth. From their hands it was especially pleasant to take a cup of special green “matcha” tea.
This type of tea, prepared according to its own traditions of such a famous school of the tea ceremony as Urasenke, leaves an amazingly long aftertaste. As the masters of the tea school Urasenke Schimura Mitsuo and Fuchida Ayato noted, it is very important to try to brew this tea at home and then you can learn more about it. A person can feel the taste of this tea in its entirety when it is in a balanced state, in a state of joy. If tea tastes bitter, then this may indicate problems, but in a state of irritation, the person most likely simply does not feel the taste of "matcha". It is better to be in such an excellent state of mind if you want your tea to give you all its aroma from the first cup.
As Fuschida Ayato told in an interview, the amazing Japanese tradition today is not only preserved, but also more and more young people are interested. The tea ceremony in Japanese is also warm family memories, an amazing meeting of business partners, an unforgettable experience for tourists. It’s amazing how the tea ceremony that has come through so many centuries harmoniously complements and decorates the world of modern Japan, is one of its symbols.
The ceremony itself is filled with symbols. The irises that are modestly placed in a vase are not just a bouquet, but flowers, which are characterized by the exact time of year when the meeting takes place. For Japan, April, first of all, is the month of flowering of sakura - Japanese cherry - and therefore the guests were served sweets in the form of sakura flowers. Above a vase of flowers is a symbolic inscription, where the hieroglyphs are also not just decoration, although they are beautiful in and of themselves, but also a symbolic expression of the meeting. For this - the words about the evergreen pine were chosen. Indeed, the tea house where the ceremony was held was buried in verdure, spring was felt with might and main in the Tashkent air, and this symbolism organically complemented the atmosphere of the ceremony. It allowed us to learn a lot not only about a particular tradition, but also about Japan as a whole - a country of amazing discoveries, which are sometimes able to leave great impressions of what would seem so familiar and well-known, such as tea.
It is not by chance that Master Schimura Mitsuo noted that, in his opinion, the tea that each ceremony participant tried would serve as another step to bring the peoples of Uzbekistan and Japan closer together and would be a wonderful memory for everyone present.
Unforgettable can be the case in which they do not get tired of striving for perfection. “For 35 years I have been preparing tea and I think that I have not yet achieved mastery,” Shchimura Mitsuo confessed to his guests. In many ways, in this perfection lies the secret of the Japanese tea ceremony charm. It can not be measured and immediately seen on the eye - it just feels, helping a person to immerse in this action and in himself for some time, to stop at least at these moments to think about unresolved issues and next plans. Tea ceremony is also the time of a person for himself, for unhurried communication with nature and people. It gives you the opportunity to see a lot in the most ordinary and to be surprised at this discovery.
Urasenke school masters from Kyoto arrived in Tashkent and held related events organized by the Embassy of Japan in Uzbekistan in conjunction with the NGO Green Grass Roots from Japan with the assistance of the Uzbekistan-Japan Center and the Tea Club for the Study of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Tashkent .