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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2018


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  • Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2018

    13 – 14 October 2018 (Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum)
    20 – 21 October 2018 (Hama-rikyu Garden)

    The Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony is an annual festival for aficionado of the art of tea and all those who are interested in the art.

    The festival will take place at two excellent places with a traditional ambiance and aesthetics – at Edo Tokyo Tatemono-en and Hama-rikyu Garden.

    It is a great occasion to experience the tea ceremony in a casual manner with English commentary, or just go for a bowl of frothy, jade-colored matcha tea.

    tokyo grand tea ceremony 2018 東京大茶会 浜離宮

    Venue 1:
    Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en

    The Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum, popularly called “Tatemono-en” in a shortened Japanese form, is located inside Koganei Park in a western suburb of Tokyo.

    The museum collects Tokyo’s historical buildings and old houses in the park, presenting them like a town. Some of the buildings are said to have inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s animated movie “Spirited Away”.

    Venue 2: Hama-rikyu Garden

    Hama-rikyu is a sumptuous Japanese garden dating from the Edo Period.

    Located in the center of the city and close to Tokyo Bay, the landscaped garden has a pond of the real sea water that flows in and out as the tide ebbs and flows.

    Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2018

    The festival will host a variety of tea sessions, from more formal ceremonies for the experienced, to easy ones for first-timers and foreign visitors.

    Three programmes will be held in common at both venues. Other programmes are place-specific.

    ◆Common programmes

    • Indoor tea ceremony (“chaseki“) at Hama-rikyu’s tea pavilion and a historical house of Tatemono-en (advance reservation to be made during the period from 1 to 31 August 2018)
    • Nodate”, or open-air tea sessions, under the autumn sky
    • Tea ceremony lessons for first-timers and foreign visitors with English commentary

    ◆Programmes only at Tatemono-en

    • Tea ceremony for kids
    • Formal tea ceremony explained in English (“WELCOME! English tea ceremony”)
    • Side events such as performance of “kendama” (bilboquet or  wood ball-toss toys) and “koma” (spinning tops)
    • Food stalls to be set up by local merchants of Koganei
    • During the event, admission to the museum will be free of charge. One more reason to visit this unique place and experience the tradition!


    tokyo grand tea ceremony 2018 東京大茶会 たてもの園

    ◆Programmes only at Hama-rikyu
    • Tea ceremony explained in English and conducted outdoor in the Japanese garden (“WELCOME! English Nodate”)
    • Tea ceremony conducted by Tokyo’s senior high school students
    • Side events such as performance and demonstration of kabuki, Japanese calligraphy, live koto music, as well as workshops of kabuki make-up and Japanese calligraphy


    2018 tokyo grand tea ceremony 東京大茶会 外国人

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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