Posts in: 4月, 2016

  • BLOG
koi travel, tea ceremony


Tea ceremony was developed as a social activity among high-class men. They gathered and discussed various topics with a course of meal and tea. Senrikyu established that gathering as an ceremonial art in 16th century, having defined the manner and encouraged participants to appreciate the decoration and equipment used during the ceremony. Tea ceremony since 17th century functioned like salons in France in 18-19th century where people exchanged cultural and intellectual knowledge.

Today, tea ceremony is regarded one of the most important art in Japan because it is a comprehensive art that forms bases of Japanese art. Many other arts like room decorations, flower arrangements, calligraphy, tea related equipment, kaiseki dishes and sweets were invented or improved as tea ceremony was developed. Read More

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You may be surprised to hear that all sakura, cherry trees in Japan are clones grafted from a single tree.

During end of March and beginning of April is the cherry blossom season when tourists and locals rush to enjoy the beautiful but short-lived pale pink flowers. It is the type of sakura called Somei Yoshino that we see almost everywhere in Japan and that Japan Meteorological Agency gives forecast when it fully blooms in major cities. Somei Yoshino blooms at same timing under the same condition as they all have same genes. It is said that Somei Yoshino was first created at Somei village in Tokyo from Edohigan and Oshimazakura breeds in the late 19th century. By that time, enjoying cherry blossoms Read More