Chado, also known as chanoyu and commonly referred to as the Japanese Tea Ceremony in English, is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for refinement of the self — known in Japanese as a “do,” a ‘way’. The word ‘chado’ means “the way of tea.”
This way called chado centers on the activity of host and guest spending a mutually heartwarming time together over a bowl of matcha tea. The host aims to serve the guest an unforgettably satisfying bowl of tea, and the guest responds with thankfulness, both of them realizing that the time shared can never be repeated, that it is a “once in a lifetime” occasion.
In the Way of Tea, we engage with others — there is always a host and a guest. The ultimate hope is that both the host and the guest will enter the experience with an open heart, to the point in which there is not a distinction between host and guest. In the Way of Tea, this is known as muhinshu, which literally translates as, "no guest, or no host." This idea stresses that whether we are the host or the guest that we should not assume differences between others and ourselves, but that we respect one another and welcome our mutual humanity. We hope that each person feels this way when they come to the Japan House.
For additional information about Chado Urasenke please visit our tea school's headquarters at the Urasenke Konnichian Website.