Kyoto is home not only to visible beauty such as Buddhist statues and traditional crafts but also aspects of a rich spiritual culture including both Japanese hospitality and thoughtfulness. A “Wabichakai tea ceremony” is your chance to briefly and actively enjoy the essence of such culture with all five of your senses.
Wabi-cha, which incorporates the “wabi-sabi” Japanese aesthetic of beauty, has long been a place of meditation. The pleasantness of being able to accept who you really are in a place isolated from the everyday world is a feeling quite unique to the tea-ceremony room.
This world is a quiet one, where the light flickers and all that can be heard is the faint sound of the water boiling in the kettle. A Wabichakai tea ceremony offers the opportunity to briefly experience the spirit of Kyoto through meditation, a considerate simple meal, and the serving of tea. There’s no need for difficult rules of etiquette here. Simply relax and enjoy yourself.