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Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 23 September 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

While in Kyoto, our daughter scheduled us for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The lovely young woman here was our main hostess, and she led us through the various aspects of the tea ceremony, in terms of what you do, and in terms of the meaning behind what is done. It was a privileged peek into a venerable cultural tradition. You may recall I posted a photo of the tea whisk and mixing bowl here last week... you may notice a small corner of these in the left foreground today.

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


23 Sep 2013 10:45am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Yes, what a privilege to partake in this ceremony.
I have to ask, did you have to assume a similar position and sit on your heels?
How do they handle it if a person's knees could not do this?

23 Sep 2013 12:03pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: No, it was ok to sit cross-legged and there was a cushion available. Plus someone also in attendance asked for a chair and it was provided.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

It definitely is a wonderful ceremony to participate in particularly when you consider that it has been in place for thousands of years! I agree with Judy, I am sure I could get into this position but the paramedics would definitely be required to get me back up! ;-))

23 Sep 2013 12:44pm

@Eric Cousineau: You would not have been alone. Haha! I managed cross-legged for a while, and even that got a bit uncomfortable, so I stretched my legs out some. We Westerners were all glad when it was time to actually stand up and start walking again.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Thank God there were options for you. I'm no longer able to kneel at an altar rail and it's upsetting. ;(

23 Sep 2013 11:38pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: :(

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A pretty guide to help you through this intimidating ceremony.

24 Sep 2013 2:42am

Apple iPhone 4S
1/15 second
ISO 640
5 mm