Friday, October 6, 2017
PA Tea Festival - Japanese Tea Ceremony
Tucked in a quiet and peaceful section of the garden was an outdoor demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. We were fortunate to be able to welcome Sensei Todd from the Gessha Japanese Tea House out of York, PA. This is a private Japanese tea house that brings a touch of Japanese culture to southcentral Pennsylvania.
Both teacher and student were eager to share their knowledge about the Japanese tea ceremony, in the Urasenke tradition. Festival attendees were able to sample a personally hand whisked bowl of ceremonial grade matcha after being offered a traditional Japanese sweet. As the student prepared the matcha, the teacher looked on and gently guided him in the process. As stated in their mission, they are eager to promote awareness of this art through lectures and demonstrations.