Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun assisted the Grand Master of the Enshu tradition of tea ceremony at the World Forum on Sport and Culture 2016, by providing translation and explanation during a tour of the tea pavilions in the rear garden of Tokyo National Museum, and through offering our guests individual bowls of tea during a service of tea hosted by the Grand Master himself.
“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.
I served 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 their 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.
Tyas Sōsen and Stephen Sōshun served thin tea employing the 'Tenrai' desk in a chair-seated service at Gango-ji temple on February 7. On February 10 we are scheduled to perform a brief service of thin tea employing the travel-chest at Tōdaiji, will again serve at this same location on February 12.
We now offer a 10% discount for the first 50 bookers who make a reservation for one of our Tea ceremony demonstrations or initiations in April or May.