Cha-no-yu – or chadou ‘the way of tea,’ as locals refer to the ceremonial preparation and enjoyment of matcha, is thought to have been brought over from China sometimes during the eight century.
It wasn’t until Japan received the first seeds that they started to grow tea plants. At first, tea was mainly consumed by priests and noblemen as medicine; then, a form of the ceremony was practiced by the Japanese nobility to entertain and impress important visitors. Eventually, it developed over the course of the Muromachi Period, thanks also to the full embracement of the Samurai class that started having tea gatherings in smaller and less opulent rooms.
Among the many places where to experience a proper ceremony in Tokyo, the Sabo teahouse at Yakumo Saryo, has our full attention.
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“Through tea, we create harmony with nature.
Through tea, we create harmony with people.
Trough tea, our culture is expressed.” - yakumo saryo
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Conveniently located near Komazawa Olympic Park, close to the Toritsu-daigaku train station, Yakumo Saryo is a teahouse, a restaurant, a gallery and a shop. In order to embrace the stylish and modern take on Japanese traditions at Yakumo Saryo, reservation is required (dinner is by invitation only).
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, make your life richer treating yourself to a nice tea ceremony at this unique and relaxing Japanese house.
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