Sado, the Way of the Tea, an ancient respected ceremony

Sado, Way of the Tea, an ancient respected ceremony

Explore The Sado Tea Ceremony with us

In Japan drinking tea is not just for the pleasure of it, there is also a ceremony that is held sometimes. This tea ceremony is called Sado (meaning the way of the tea) or Chanoyu or Ocha and is strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism.

These days the tea ceremony is a popular hobby and many Japanese that want to get more in touch with their culture take Sado lessons. These ceremonies are usually held in cultural community centers and/or private houses and there are even Sado ceremonies in some anime such as Ranma ½ as well.

The ceremony consists of many rituals learned by heart, each movement choreographed precisely, that even placing the tea utensils is considered from the guest’s point of view. The tea used in the Sado ritual is Matcha, a green tea made of powdered tea leaves, served with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. The tea is first prepared by the host pouring all his or her attention to the minutest details and then served to the guests. It is not about the drinking of the tea, but about tea prepared from the depths of the heart.

It is a noble time-honoured tradition and one can understand why many Japanese take lessons to practice this beautiful ceremony again. There are a grace and beauty in watching this ceremony and yes, we have a movie showing you how it is done! Please follow our link:

There are 28 types of teas in Japan. From tea that’s grown in the sun to tea grown in the shade (Matcha). Tea that is either steam-pressed (Sencha), pan-fired (Kamairicha) or sun-dried. Tea made from buds (Mecha), leaves, tips, sticks (Kukicha) or stems. There is also Tea that’s harvested on a special date on the calendar like Bancha. To find out more about Japanese tea, please follow this link: