Tea Ceremony, Matcha-Making, & Kimono Experience in Okinawa

Organized by Sonoko Kirita
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Duration
1.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Other
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian
Wear a simple kimono, experience a Japanese tea ceremony in a tea room, learn about etiquette & utensils, enjoy Okinawan sweets, make matcha, & enjoy a commemorative photoshoot in Onna Village.
Highlights
Wear a simple kimono: Dress the part with a simple kimono-wearing experience
Japanese tea ceremony: Watch a demonstration from an experienced Okinawan tea master
Learning experience: Tea ceremony etiquette, customs, history, & utensils
Make fresh matcha: Learn how to make, prepare, serve, & then enjoy matcha
Enjoy a commemorative photo shoot in a tea room
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Guided by a tea ceremony expert from Okinawa, this unique hands-on learning experience is one to write home about. You’ll change into a simple kimono, experience a Japanese tea ceremony in a tea room, learn about etiquette and utensils, enjoy Okinawan and Japanese sweets, make matcha, and then participate in a commemorative photoshoot at a dedicated cultural facility in Onna–a picturesque coastal village on the west coast of Okinawa Island. Experience flow: Change into a simple kimono Experience a Japanese tea ceremony in a tea room Learn etiquette and listen to an explanation of tea ceremony utensils Enjoy Okinawan and Japanese sweets at a special Ryurei-style table Matcha-making experience: Learn about the tools, make, and enjoy matcha tea Participate in a commemorative photo shoot in the tea room Change out of the kimono Experience conclusion Okinawa is a tropical island paradise and Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Surrounded by cascading mountains, lush jungles, and tropical flowers, it makes for a welcome retreat for those seeking an island life pace and atmosphere. Your experience takes place at a dedicated arts and culture center in Onna Village. Here, you’ll dress the part by changing into a vibrant Japanese simple kimono. Once you’ve changed into your cultural attire, move into an elegant tea room where a Japanese tea ceremony experience and etiquette lesson await! Following this, take a seat at a special Ryurei-style table to enjoy Okinawan and Japanese sweets and conversation. Typically, a tea ceremony requires participants to sit in a kneeling (seiza style) position. However, as tea ceremony culture has evolved and become increasingly popular with foreign tourists, a new (Ryurei-style) setting was developed that involved a table and chair. From here, you’ll embark on a matcha-making adventure and participate in a commemorative photoshoot in the tea room.
Inclusions
Simple kimono rental
Tea ceremony lecture & demonstration
Matcha-making experience
Okinawan and Japanese sweets
Commemorative photoshoot
Exclusions
Transportation to/from the experience location
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
SASAGIRIAN -Japanese Cultural Experience Facility- 1765-8 Nakama, Onna, Kunigami District, Okinawa 904-0401, Japan
Remarks
Please note this is a group experience, but there’s a private option package available if desired

Experience Location

A cluster of islands to the south of Japan once belonging to the independent state of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Prefecture is the holiday paradise with white sand beaches, a tropical climate, and healthy local cuisine known as Ryukyu Ryori.
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Earliest available date: March 9, 2024
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals