Wabichakai tea ceremony
Wabichakai tea ceremony

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Great Acharya Kakudo Mitsunaga, Hokuryodaigyoman

The sort of Japanese hospitality strived for by Rikyu

Great Acharya Kakudo Mitsunaga, Hokuryodaigyoman

I felt the gentleness of the candlelight in the darkness, experienced a world without sound in a modern age full of it, and realized the value of food. This is an ideal place for noticing various things that one doesn’t normally pay attention to and for cultivating the ability to think. The tea ceremony gave me the opportunity to meet in a space devoid of all that is unnecessary, enjoy delicious tea and a simple meal, and have a genuine heart-to-heart, which makes wabi-cha a prime example of what Rikyu sought, and that’s what Japanese hospitality is really about. There, in that stripped-down place, only that which is necessary remains. That is the true nature of reality.

Myokan Matsumoto, great Buddhist statue sculptor

I was entranced by the worldview

Myokan Matsumoto, great Buddhist statue sculptor

During my 50-year life, there have been many times when I’ve sensed changes in various values and sensitivities. And it was at a time like that when I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a “Wabichakai tea ceremony”. I was a little nervous and confused at first, but my point of view was broadened as the ceremony proceeded, I was surprised to find that the glow of the candlelight in that unusual, dream-like space was brighter than I imagined, and there even seemed to be something sexy about the tea master’s dignified appearance and precise, beautiful movements. I found myself entranced by the worldview when the ceremony ended.

Malcolm Ledger, pianist

The Japanese beauty discovered in the gloomy darkness

Malcolm Ledger, pianist

The evening atmosphere prepared sincerely by the host was attractive and enchanting.The other world left behind at the garden gate is revealed in the sounds that can be heard outside the tea room. There are no distractions ,no calls on your attention.There is only stillness and the quiet singing of the kettle.Your senses seem to have been restored to some original condition of alertness and loss of self. The heart finally stop the time. A meal eaten in a quiet environment is very meditative because it makes the taste more prominent and makes the senses more focused. I could find the essence of Japanese beauty in dim. It was a wonderful experience to taste for the first time.

Shiho Tanaka, vocalist

The sound heard in the silence

Shiho Tanaka, vocalist

As someone who grew up in Tokyo, I was always drawn to Kyoto’s traditional culture. When I experienced the recent “Wabichakai tea ceremony”, I felt something even deeper than I imagined. The deliciousness of the simple meal I ate within nothing but candlelight washed over me, and I almost cried. And then there was the soundless, lightless world of the “Wabichakai tea ceremony”. But there was also a rich brightness and sound there. I found myself with a strong desire to incorporate the “sound that can only be heard in the depths of silence” into my own songs.

Hiroshi Okui, director and producer at an advertising agency

An imagination-stimulating experience for employee training

Hiroshi Okui, director and producer at an advertising agency

As I listened to the sound of the kettle, I experienced a sense of freedom, almost like I was expanding to fill that closed space. I suspected that there were likely other realizations I could experience if I went a second or third time depending on my state. A friend of mine attended with me, each word they exchanged with the host penetrated me to the core, and I learned that they’d made reservations for “CHANOYU therapy” to take a closer look at themselves. I think this tea ceremony, which stimulates the imagination, could be used for some kind of company employee training.

Kayoko Mizuta, office worker Yasuko Masuda, beauty salon manager Naoko Matsunaga, office worker

Effects on daily life

Kayoko Mizuta, office worker
Yasuko Masuda, beauty salon manager
Naoko Matsunaga, office worker

While my eyes were closed and I focused on the sound of my breathing, it seemed like my awareness flowed upward, and I felt good. I slept well that night and woke up the next morning feeling refreshed! This was my second time, and I put the focus on myself and meditated. During the hustle and bustle of my daily life, I managed to regain myself, strengthen my footing, and find the strength to take the next step. I was soothed by the soft Kyoto dialect of the host, and I felt myself relax. The way the tea was prepared was extremely beautiful, and I’d like to incorporate that image into my daily life and maintain an awareness of the importance of mindful living.

For details about making a reservation, see below. We look forward to seeing everyone.


 Meditation and tea ceremony20,000yen/per person (about two hours)
 Meditation, meal ceremony (simple meal), and tea ceremony 30,000yen/per person (About 3 hours. Every first Saturday of the month.Ask us about the other day’s services)

※Reservations required. Each session is private.
(Up to five or six family members, friends, etc. can participate at the same time.)
※Starting time: Around sunset (Varies upon the seasons)

■Contact information for reservations and inquiries

 Email: wabichakai@kyoto-wabichakai.info

 Write “Wabichakai tea ceremony reservation” in the email subject line,
 and include any requirements you have regarding the ceremony date, number of people in your party, etc.
 The person in charge will reply to your email.

※We’ll try to reply as quickly as possible, but replying might take a while due to business-day issues, etc.

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