Tea Etiquette in the Orient is considerably different to Tea Etiquette in the Occident (see my last blog).
Time honoured rituals abound when drinking tea in in Japan, China, Tibet and most other parts of Asia. Rituals as steeped in Zen, art and appreciation, as they are in Tea.
Japan ~ Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, is the intricate Zen practice of making, serving and drinking tea. Everything about the tea is savoured ~ the colour, fragrance, sound of the tea being poured, warmth of the cup in your hands, of course the delicious taste of fine green tea, and also a sense of deep gratitude for the moment. Every movement and gesture are artistically performed, with the host and guests at one with each other, the tea, and the world.