Tea Ceremony with Homemade Wagashi Sweets in Yokohama

Organized by Ikuyo Kono
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Duration
1.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 5 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Learn the etiquette of Japanese tea ceremony, the traditional way to whisk and drink matcha tea, and enjoy wagashi sweets in a tatami tea ceremony room in Yokohama, Kanagawa.
Highlights
Tea ceremony includes sumi-demae (adding the charcoal into the hearth), a step rarely seen in other tea ceremony experiences.
Immerse yourself in the world of tea ceremony with a friendly English-speaking instructor who has experience living abroad.
Enjoy homemade wagashi sweets with your cup of fresh, frothy matcha tea.
The venue is conveniently located near the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum in Yokohama, only 30 minutes by train from Shibuya, Tokyo!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
You can get matcha in just a few minutes almost anywhere in the world, but in Japan, where this frothy green tea has existed for centuries, making it the traditional way is no quick fix. During this Japanese tea ceremony experience, you will see how a skilled instructor prepares tea in a traditional way, a precise ritual in which every detail counts and every movement is rigorously contrived. The perfect cup requires that the water is boiled in a kama tea kettle over charcoal. Your host will show you sumi-demae, the traditional way of adding charcoal to the hearth to boil the water, one of the first steps of this process. You will also learn about the etiquette of tea drinking and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Japanese tea culture with a cup of expertly prepared matcha in hand. After the tea ceremony, you will learn hands-on how to make matcha yourself. Now, with help from your host, you will mix the matcha with a chasen bamboo whisk to make it frothy and smooth. After the tea is served, you will enjoy it with handmade traditional wagashi sweets. Ikuyo, your host, comes from a family of tea ceremony masters. From a young age, she participated in tea ceremonies as a guest and, later, as a tea master herself. During her time abroad, Ikuyo performed tea ceremonies in English to connect with others through this captivating part of Japanese culture. Now, she enjoys providing guests in Japan with the same graceful hospitality and intricate tea-making. Itinerary: -Attend a tea ceremony performed by Ikuyo, an experienced tea master -Make matcha with the guidance -Enjoy matcha with wagashi sweets
Inclusions
Tea ceremony lecture
2 cups of tea
Handmade wagashi sweets
Pick up and drop off at the station (depending on availability)
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point will be Azamino Station. The host will pick you up at the station and take you to the venue.
Remarks
Please bring or wear socks.
You can sit on a chair if preferred.
If for some reason the host cannot pick you up from the station, please go to the venue directly by bus (5 minute ride). More detailed information will be provided upon booking.
If there are 5 participants or more, the pick-up service is not available, so you will be asked to go to the venue directly.
Please let the host know the gender of the participants in advance.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Nestled below the bustling city of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is as diverse in its environment as its food is delicious; Kanagawa offers Chinese street food and craft beer in Yokohama and fresh seafood from Kamakura and Enoshima, as well as natural beauty and mountainous produce in the hot spring town of Hakone near the base of Mount Fuji.
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals