You will be SENT a bowl, a tea spoon, a tea whisk and Macha Tea for each person booked.
On the tour day, you log on to ZOOM, the Guide will provide a 15-min intro
The camera will be set as the Tea Master prepares the Tea, and you will follow along, watch the ceremony and use your items
The high-quality Tea you will be using is the same Tea as you would have gotten at the actual ceremony
You will then participate in drinking your Tea the proper way
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Asia/Tokyo (UTC +9hs)
You will be SENT a bowl, a tea spoon, a tea whisk and Macha Tea for each person booked and that will arrive at your home days before the ceremony begins. These items will be packed nicely in a furoshiki, (large Japanese bandana). These items are for you to keep, as keepsakes of your experience. We want the bowl to match you as close as we can get, so we will ask a few questions about you and each guest that will participate. Each persons’ bowl may or may not be similar.
Once the day has come, and you have logged on, the Guide will introduce himself and provide a 15-minute spiel of what you can expect during the Tea Ceremony.
We will then have the camera set up for you to watch as the Tea Master prepares the Tea, and you will follow along, watch the ceremony and use your items that you received from Japan during the ceremony.
Though there are things you cannot do the same as the Tea Master, like making the hot water the same, as for the other aspects of the ceremony, you will be able to follow along and ‘feel’ the atmosphere of the ceremony. The Tea you will be using is the same Tea as you would have gotten at the actual ceremony. It will be a high-quality blend.
After making your own Tea as instructed, you will then participate in drinking your Tea the proper way and conclude the ceremony. This should take around thirty (30) minutes after the ceremony starts.
As you will be sent the items from Japan for the ceremony, you can set up your items and be comfortable in your home during the ceremony. As we recommend a quiet room as the Tea Ceremony will be quiet outside of the Guide explaining to you what to do.
There will be a layout guide for you to set up the site items in your own home. Any kitchen or coffee table will do. Please be comfortable.
As you will not be able to create the hot water the same as the Tea Master, we recommend you ensure hot water is ready to go before you log on.
The Guide will give you no more than a 15-minute explanation about what to expect before the ceremony begins and will introduce you to your Tea Master.
You will then watch the Master prepare the Tea on this end in Japan, experiencing the sounds and movements of the Tea Master during the Tea preparation time.
As you will have the exact same Tea that will be prepared in the ceremony, the Guide will explain how much to use and how to, 'whisk', the Tea to gain the proper froth and taste.
You will also have time to ask the Master any questions.
One (01) Japanese Tea Bowl (Chawan) per person (to keep)
One (01) Japanese Tea Spoon (Chashaku) per person (to keep)
One (01) Japanese Tea Whisk (Chasen) per person (to keep)
Mail costs to send these items to your home or office address
45-minute Guide/Translator Costs
30-minute Tea Master Costs
Quiet room is important with no-one to disturb you for about 45 minutes to an hour
For our recent corporate team activity we did Richards virtual traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience. Our team is split across Australia, Japan and Singapore.. Richard did a phenomenal job of making our virtual experience unique that for the 1 hour we were with him it felt like we were all together in the heart of Osaka in this beautiful tea shop! Richard went the extra mile and had all the tea ceremony items shipped to us in advance and we were able to learn how to pour our own tea the traditional Japanese way and all from the comfort of our homes. 100% would recommend, Richard is a great communicator and a pleasure to work with.
Melissa, I cannot express how happy that makes me feel. In the times that we are in right now, to be able to take any aspect of Japanese culture and be able to communicate it and share it like we did, and make it not only enjoyable, but memorable, it's something that I strive for. Thank you for all of your questions and interests in Japanese culture and if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to put me to the test. Kind regards, Richard
Richard took us on a 3 hour virtual tour as we “walked with him” through places or worship, spiritual sites, the historical district and more. He was engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fun. His ability to enable us to experience Kyoto like we were there was wonderful. The cultural insights fabulous. He surpassed our expectations of a virtual tour by a huge margin.
Ambika You're very kind and it was enjoyable for me too, to be able to show you parts of the beautiful city of Kyoto. It was kind of weird for me because usually the places that we went are packed with visitors. It was very nice to see open streets but not to see the closed businesses. Please shoot me any questions you may have and if there's ever anything else I can do for you, please let me know. Kind regards Richard
Our day with Richard was so outstanding that we are already planning a return trip to Japan, but only if he tags along for the whole trip. His knowledge of history is very impressive, his musings about Budhism are enlightening and his easy conversation with the locals makes anyone feel welcome in the hidden spots that no ordinary tourist would be able to reach; his disposition for a full day of local cuisine and sakê makes your time with him worth every minute. We cannot emphasize how fun and friendly he is, and hope everyone has as good a time with his as we did. Thank you Richard, we hope to see you again soon!
Catarina Thank you very much for your kind words. As I have not had a tour in weeks it is nice to remember that I actually do a good job when I am out there. I hope you guys are safe in this time of craziness and I really hope that you guys get the chance to come back to Japan and allow me to take you deeper into the local realm!! LOL Kind regards Richard
We had a very fun experience touring around Osaka with Richard. It was really cool to go and see where the locals eat and drink. Richard was every knowledge about food, culture and history of the area. Before you know it your knee deep in the local vibe. We took our kids and Richard was very fun and engaging with our boys. Before the night was over we were all laughing with the locals about our boys light colored hair and Richard’s astonishment at my 10 pounds of lose change in yen I was carrying around in a bag. Very fun and would recommend if your in Osaka or Kyoto to book Richard.
Thanks guys! I am so happy you had a good time. I hope the boys were full and to too traumatized by the crazy locals! Hope you have a safe trip home. Make sure you bring a bigger money bag for those coins next time. If you have time to write on TripAdvisor also and let folks know you found me on TripleLights I would sure appreciate it also! Take care and tell Jackson and Max I said hello! Kind regards, Richard