Determining If You're Man Enough for Tea Time in Delray Beach, FL
Think you can handle tea time? If you’re among the few westerners invited to a Japanese tea ceremony, you’d be wise to study up at the Morikami Museum and Gardens' demonstrations held each Saturday. Tea ceremonies came about as a way for monks to keep caffeinated during brutally long hours of meditation, and soon morphed into a sacred ritual for nobility, samurai, and now, if you’re lucky, you. You’re bare except for an airy kimono, which is a fun little detail when ungracefully crawling through the teahouse’s tiny sliding doors. From there, you’ll learn the vital minutia: how to walk on tatami, how to bow and to whom and when to do so, how to fold the fukusa, and how to wash and fold chakin. As you sit on your heels for one to four hours without break, you realize that the ceremony isn’t about the tea, but the singular experience of creating something from the heart.
- Sacha F-J Not many westerners, including myself before I did the research, would think that the Japanese Tea Ceremony involves more than the beverage but it becomes a lifestyle. Also, I dig the title of your article