Chinese tea and tea culture has the most profound impact on Japan, and the tea ceremony is one of the most typical elements of Japanese tea culture. The birth of the Japanese tea ceremony is closely related to the cultivation of Chinese culture. After Chinese tea was introduced to Japan, it slowly developed into a ritual and took on the name of philosophy and art, and an ordinary tea ceremony can last up to four hours.

Japanese tea ceremony 1
Japanese Tea Ceremony

Chinese tea and tea culture spread to Japan, mainly to Zhejiang as a channel, and the spread of Buddhism as a way to achieve. Zhejiang located on the southeast coast, is an important import and export coast of the Tang, Song and Yuan dynasties. From the Tang Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty, Japan sent an endless stream of ambassadors and monks to Zhejiang Buddhist resorts to practice and study, when they returned home, not only brought the knowledge of tea cultivation, boiling skills, but also brought the spirit of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, so that the tea ceremony in Japan, and the formation of the art form and spiritual connotations with Japanese national characteristics.

Japanese tea ceremony 2
Japanese Tea Ceremony

The entire Japanese tea ceremony, all reflecting the close relationship with Buddhism, still exudes the cultural atmosphere of China’s Tang and Song dynasties and retains the legacy of Buddhist tea drinking in Tiantai Mountain and Jingshan Mountain in Zhejiang Province.

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