TEA CEREMONY IN JAPAN

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Tea drinking is the most formal, yet relaxed, rule-bound, yet innovative activity in Japan. It takes many years to learn the right procedures and tiny gestures, and it is a highly prized art form. In this small private house in Sakura (near Tokyo), in the one tatami-floored room in the house, the hostess provides tea for Alan Macfarlane and other guests in beautiful bowls. The drinking of the tea together signifies intimacy and equality and tranquility.


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