Here you can learn the basics about the Japanese Tea Ceremony or SADO.
The Japanese Tea ceremony takes about 4 hours and you have a small meal (Kaiseki) during the ceremony.
The program of the ceremony is as follows:
Sado (the way of tea) is the total art of calligraphy, painting, lacquering, fabric, poem, history and cuisine.
Anyone can enjoy with their own taste.
Tea came to Japan for the first time in the 8th century from China.
People drank tea as a medicine in the 12th century. There is an old story that in 1214 the Shogun Minamoto had a very bad hangover and the monk Eisai gave him green tea. After drinking the green tea the shogun got better very quickly.
However during that period the culture of tea was only for very rich and powerful people. They used luxurious utensils and entertained themselves during the feast.
The more simplified culture of tea started to change from the end of 15th century.
The main people who were responsible for this change were Jyuko Murata, Jyooh Takeno & Sen Rikyu.