About tea and ceremonies.
The beneficial properties of tea have long been no secret to anyone. Different types are able to create a mood, tone, soothe, and even heal many ailments. In general, the tea ceremony is a kind of meditation, changing the quality of our attention changes the quality of perception of this world. Tea drinking traditions are spread all over the world. In each ceremony, we can see the peculiarities of the character of the people and the color of the national culture.
The Japanese tea ceremony is a detachment from the world of everyday life, aesthetic experiences, a harmonious fusion of refined and simple beauty, laconism, muted colors. The Japanese tea ceremony is not just a tradition, it is a sacrament that can not fail to attract attention and cause respect.
Communication, or vice versa, moments of silent reflection, incredible joy from the opportunity to gather at the tea table— this is the essence of the Russian tea tradition. Nowadays in Russia they like to “drive teas”. Moreover, this no longer requires special attributes and entourage, the main thing is that the company is sincere.
Traditional English tea drinking in terms of formalization is not much inferior to the Japanese tea ceremony. It grew mainly from the tradition of five o’clock tea – Five o’clock Tea. The focus of the English tradition of tea drinking is the house, as a combination of the interior, customs and owners.
But the most popular and most profound tradition of tea drinking came to us from China. China is a country where tea is not just a national drink, but the “fire of life” and “the wisest of all plants”. Now more and more people are turning to the study and introduction to the most ancient tea tradition — Chinese. The world of Chinese tea is huge, the number of types and varieties is amazing and creates space for the development of tastes, impressions and states.
The Museum of the East, located on Nikitsky Boulevard, offers its visitors to plunge into the world of tea traditions of Ancient China, accompanied by a tea master. You can choose from the following ceremonies: Imperial, Classical, Jade, as well as various individual tea tastings. In the presence of many types of oolong, pu-erh, white and green teas. Each of them has a different effect on a person, and if you mix up their complex names, and drink the wrong one at night, then you can not fall asleep…
The duration of the ceremony is two hours. Unlike restaurants, and even many tea shops, the Museum of the East will help you to observe all the classic customs during tea drinking. How and where to properly brew tea, what you can and can not do before the ceremony, how to mentally prepare yourself-all these questions will be answered by the wisest master, who will walk with you along this path.
Tea drinking in the East is a very ancient tradition. The culture of the tea ceremony is inseparable from the art, culture, and lifestyle of the Eastern countries. The essence of the ceremony consists of four basic principles, which in 1564 were elevated to the rules of the tea ceremony by Sen Rikyu — the famous master of tea making. These rules: wa, kei, sei, dzyaku, literally translated as-harmony, respect, purity, tranquility. Representatives of one of the largest cultural and educational centers of the art of the Far and Middle East will fully help you to observe all these rules.