The Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony in Tokyo with Takeda Rie

Tea ceremony in Ginza:

Follow along as Shizuka dons a kimono and enters through a tiny sliding door into a “chashitsu” tea room. There, she’s joined by tea ceremony instructor Takeda Rie, who has over 40 years of experience participating in and hosting traditional tea ceremonies.

Known as “chado” or “sado” (literally, “way of tea”), the traditional tea ceremony has been around for centuries in Japan. Tea ceremony culture first came from China along with Zen Buddhism and tea was originally consumed by priests and noblemen in Japan.

Samurai culture is also deeply intertwined with the Japanese tea ceremony. The door to enter the tea room was specifically made so small so that the samurai were forced to leave their swords behind (as they would not fit through the door). When entering the tea room, there is certainly a feeling of peace and warm hospitality.

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HOST » Shizuka Anderson
DIRECTOR » David Woo
VIDEO EDITOR » Edvin Mulalic
PRODUCER » Serkan Toso
LINE PRODUCER » Rika Hoffman

42 Replies to “The Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony in Tokyo with Takeda Rie”

  1. Hugo Quinteiro

    I'm really don't understand why young people in Japan prefer coffee instead matchá. This rich and beautiful ceremony deserves celebrates every day to relax the mind and soul after a hard day.

  2. Jan Bergström

    Very pretentious culture. Lots of stuff that are probably made up because it should look good on TV. If they would have lived like this in their history they would not have survived or they had many many slaves doing att he strange stuff for them. That water btw did not look clean :/ The content i do not like so much but the quality of the episode was very very good and ms/mrs Anderson is always a treat to watch 🙂

  3. Ben Yu

    How this get recommended while watching Naruto clips…. I don't know(youtube algorithm) but japanese culture and food looks good. Subscribed.

  4. Dale

    Watching this on Christmas Eve, the elegance and grace Shizuka has is stunning.

    Please keep the videos coming! Much love from Sydney, Australia

  5. Christopher Brickey

    Ah, this reminds me of taking classes when I was in Japan. I always loved seeing what seasonal sweets we would have with our tea.

  6. KA MA

    Don't know what it is… but watching movies with you is very soothing and relaxing regardless of the content of the movie and the people in it…
    Merry Christmas to you Shizuka !!!

  7. scott tan

    @shizuka – you make it look so easy. I'd be afraid to spill the tea on myself or on the tatami mat especially when the instructor is  so close watching your every movement from the speed and angle of your swirl to the actual tasting.
    I assume early Spring or Fall is the best time as it probably can be warm in the kimono while performing the ceremony.

  8. pleiadesglow

    Beautiful video, beautiful presenter, beautiful music in the back ground, beautiful filming 🙂 … Max D. Capo step up your game!! lol

  9. Ming Jie Ng

    Like Anderson here, I too have tasted super bitter Japanese matcha before and that's why the sweet treats are important as it is to offset those bitter flavours that might linger on your tongue for a very long time! 😱

  10. Ming Jie Ng

    Hmm… Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the bamboo whisk is actually called "Chasen". The bamboo scoop would be the "Chashaku" and bowl would be the "Chawan". The whole tea ritual is called "Chanoyu".

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