Japanese Tea Ceremony Goods
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In Japan, the tea ceremony is seen as a social occasion. Guests are served tea in a stylized ritual which creates a soothing atmosphere. However the tea ceremony experience is not only about tea. It also extends to the
appreciation of the tea room's decor and the tea utensils used.
Although formal tea ceremonies require one to follow rigorous rules and adopt certain manners, the basic principles can be enjoyed in a calm environment almost anywhere. Featured below are "Matcha " bowls and bamboo
whisks (Chasen) which can help you to re-create the atmosphere of the Japanese Tea Room in your own home.
|Incense boxes (kougou)
Incense boxes used in the tea ceremony can be classified as two types,
"furo" and "ro". "Furo" refers to the summer
season (May to October). Incense boxes used during this season are made
of lacquerware, decorated with summer and autumnal motifs and used to store
"dry" incense such as pieces of sandalwood. Boxes used in the
winter "ro" season hold "wet" incense (powder rolled
into little balls) and are therefore made of porcelain. The incense is
placed in the ashes surrounding the charcoals at the beginning of the tea
ceremony and emits a pleasant,relaxing aroma. When not in use, the incense
box is placed in a special position in the "tokonoma" or alcove.
Small and decorative, these boxes make lovely decorations for the home.