Japanese Tea Ceremony
The Japanese Tea Ceremony I was a part of was very inspirational. The ceremony as about being in the moment of the ceremony. For your mind to focus on movement and sound. And for it to renew your spirit.
I was able to experience the Japanese culture being a part of this ceremony because in my culture tea has no significance besides a drink. Drinking tea in japan is a way of connecting to yourself and others. I also experienced hand made Japanese bowls and tea whisks. The tools the ceremony used were very different from the way my culture makes tea.
My culture and Japanese tea ceremony culture were similar in the form that most people enjoy being entertained as they eat or drink. They also enjoy gambling. I found it interesting that the tea ceremony changed in terms of purpose through-out the centuries.
The way Souheki prepared the tea in this ceremony was a form of art. She had a specific slow movements based on sound and tradition for purity of things.