Japanese Tea CeremonyKarateka (students) of the Samurai arts will learn more than just “karate” and forms (kata)…they will learn about the traditions of karate and Agedo – including the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Once a month we will perform a ceremony, and all students are invited to attend!

The Japanese tea ceremony is an artistic pastime unique to Japan that features the serving and drinking of Matcha, a powdered Japanese green tea (see below for the health benefits of Matcha tea!) Japanese green-tea was introduced to Japan from China around the 8th century, but Matcha powdered green-tea did not reach Japan until the end of the 12th century. The practice of holding social gatherings to drink Matcha spread among the upper class from about the 14th century. One of the main purposes of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, which took place in a Shoin (study room), became the appreciation of paintings and crafts in a serene atmosphere.

In Japan, serving tea is an art and a spiritual discipline. As an art, The Tea Ceremony is an occasion to appreciate the simplicity of the tea room’s design, the feel of the Chawan in the hand, the company of friends, and simply a moment of purity.

Tea Ceremonies can be performed just about anywhere: in a special tea room, in a tea house, in your home…even outdoors! Come join us at our next Tea Ceremony – we would love to see you there!

The Health Benefits of Match Tea

Matcha powdered green tea is a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse. It is a natural weightloss aid, pH balancer and detox agent. In fact, Matcha powdered green tea is a sugar-free coffee alternative that provides natural energy, but without the jitters.

Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content!