“Tea ceremony is a ghastly mistranslation,” said Stephen, dressed in a crisp black kimono, as Tyas created a soupy blend of thick matcha resembling fresh pesto. “It’s actually much more of a meditation, but in the company of other people. And it’s not only a healthy beverage, but also an aid to spiritual refreshment. This is the way we believe matcha should be drunk.”
Tyas is not just someone that sells tea. He is a Belgian ex-pat living in Japan, teaching Japanese tea culture, and living the beautiful tea life. As he says, "I don’t actually consider myself a tea vendor, but rather something closer to a missionary spreading the value that tea can bring to our lives." These are the wise words of Tyas.
Serving tea at the Asahiyaki pottery kiln in Uji on the day before the official opening of their new store. It was an honour not only to have been able to inaugurate this newly built tea chamber, but also to celebrate the opening of the new store with a formally served bowl of tea.
Recollection from our Christmas tea gathering in December 2016.
Entry and photo of Tyas Sosen serving tea at the Grand Shuko Tea Gathering in Nara.
How did Tyas Sosen gain interest in tea? What was it like to obtain certification as a Japanese tea instructor? What is it like to be part of the tea ceremony tradition as a foreigner? And much more about his background and relation to Japanese tea.
Terin of KyoTours visited our Tea Ceremony Initiation in Kyoto and wrote about us on his blog.
Live radio interview at FM Senri in Osaka for 'Jinsei Kaika' (ＦＭ千里 人生開華 11:00 ~ 11:20)
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The Tea Crane Introduces the Authentic Rite of Tea on Deep Kyoto by Michael Lambe.