Watch Tyas Sōsen execute a full service of thick tea in the warrior style Enshū school of tea ceremony. Click the Japanese tea ceremony video presented below.


Sōsen employs the daisu grand-sideboard in a large reception room for the preparation of a bowl of tea. The service presented here is the basic winter service of thick tea.

About this Japanese tea ceremony video

The service of tea using the daisu is the most formal and oldest service of Japanese tea ceremony. Many other schools of tea the treat the use of the daisu as ‘hidden transmission’. However, in the Enshu school, the proper way to employ the daisu can be learned by everyone above instructor level.

This video represents just one possible service of tea. There are many different ways in which a service of tea can be executed. Other services differ based on the space used; which implements are used; the formality of the occasion; and the respective season.

The video is a lengthy 40 minutes long. It is the common duration for a basic full service of thick tea. It includes the time for the guests to consume their tea; and the time at the end of the service for the guests to in private examine the vital utensils. This video is a representation of an un-cut service of Japanese tea ceremony. It focusses on every gesture of as well host and guest.

Don’t be surprised. One of the guests looks exactly like the host.

Did I mention that 40 minutes is the common time-frame for any basic service of thick-tea? I need to nuance that. This is so when everyone present has had at least a basic education of proper conduct in the tea area. When you choose to join us for a tea occasion in Kyoto, we will require time to guide you. This again takes time and explanation, which is why a service of tea with novice guests takes roughly one hour and half.

Tyas Sōsen

Tea has become a way of life, and a way of viewing the world we live in. I have learned to be more appreciative of the things we have, respectful towards other people, have more reverence for our natural environment, and am more able to be present in the current moment.

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