Hello, dear readers. Do you know the "sado"? Sado is a kind of Japanese traditional art culture and ceremony that has inherited since ancient times. This time I want to give you a brief introduction to the etiquette of sado.
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・About the history of sado
The habit of drinking tea and the method of making tea in Japan were introduced from China in the Heian era. After more than 800 years, sado has been divided into many style genres and taken root among the Japanese.
The type of tea used in Japanese sado is matcha. The sado can be divided into two types, the weak tea and the strong tea.
According to the difference between strong tea and weak tea, the etiquette for tea-making method and tea-tasting method of matcha are also different.
In sado, in order to more set off the taste of tea, people will eat some dessert, which is usually eating wagashi at first, and then tasting tea; for strong tea, matched with omogashi/moist sweets, while for weak tea, matched with higashi/dry sweets. Because the desserts for sado is to make people feel the seasons change, their types are innumerable.
A variety of props will be used in sado, we call them ""tyadougu (tea set)"", such as the chasen(tea whisk) used for making tea and the chashaku(tea scoop) used for taking tea. Even the same props, their shapes and patterns are also differed in thousands of ways, so the tyadougu needs to have its own artistic taste.
There are many rules for sado. The tea-tasting methods, orders and mentalistic theories in different genres are also very different. It will take at least a few years to become a chajin(master of tea ceremony) .
・Suggestion for sado experience
If you are interested in sado, then what about signing up for course of sado experience, or going online to check the information about the sado? You do not need some knowledge on etiquette for the recent sado experience, you just need to sit in the chair to experience the easy and simple sado.
Sado is so profound that I can't introduce to you all once only. Next I will gradually expand this series of articles in order to convey the charm of sado to you more clearly.
Then,see you next time.
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