Japanese Samurai Tea Ceremony at Globus Washitsu

Japanese Samurai Tea Ceremony “Hina Doll’s Festival”

Sunday, March 27
Morning session from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Globus Washitstu – 889 Broadway at E. 19th Street

Admission: $100

Hinamatsuri (ひな祭り) is held every year on March 3 in Japan to pray for the health and prosperity of girls. The stars of this festival are the beautiful dolls called Hina dolls(雛人形), which are modeled after the Japanese court in the 10th century. Parents across Japan decorate their homes with these dolls and serve clam soup and sushi.

The 10th century in Japan was known as the Heian period, a golden age of culture in which the elegance of the imperial court flourished. Female poets such as Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon appeared on the scene, creating a new world of art with a female sensibility.

At this tea ritual, tea ceremony master Yoshitsugu Nagano will demonstrate a special tea-making ritual called “Kinin-date(貴人点),” a ritual performed for a noble person. Join Nagano for matcha tea and seasonal Japanese cuisine while appreciating the atmosphere and art of the palace at this tea ritual!

About the Japanese Tea Ritual

The ritual of Japanese tea has an 800-year history. Samurai warriors developed the tea ceremony as their essential practice to relax and preserve their mental health after battles. In addition to performing a tea ceremony, Nagano will also discuss Japanese history, culture, and most important, the relationship between samurai warriors and tea ceremony.

Globus Washitsu, the setting for the event, is a tatami-mat oasis with traditional Japanese architecture. Says Nagano, “You won’t find better place than this place to experience Japanese culture.”

To register, please visit Nagano’s Eventbrite page and select the session you would like to attend.

Yoshitsugu Nagano performs tea ceremony
Yoshitsugu Nagano performs tea ceremony

Hatsugama Tea Ritual

Kaiseki Cuisine (tea-ritual cuisine) 懐石料理
Introduction to Japanese table manners

Kinin-date 貴人点

Usucha (thin matcha) 薄茶
Tea ritual performance
How to drink matcha
Attendees enjoy a cup of Matcha

Discussion
The history of Japanese tea ritual
The relationships of samurai and tea ceremony
The spirituality of the tea ceremony
Introduction of the tools

Q&A

Topics are subject to change.

If you are a vegetarian or have allergies or other dietary requirements, please contact organizers no later than Thursday, March 24.

Dress Code

Western-style clothes are acceptable, but please do not wear sleeveless shirts or short miniskirts. Bring a clean pair of white socks. Organizers will ask you to remove jewelry and watches.