- You can experience a real tea ceremony in Berlin, at the Japanese tea café Macha-Macha
- We had a cup of tea in a solemn, yet little tense atmosphere.
- There were various types interests in tea. I interviewed participants after the workshop!
You can experience a real tea ceremony in Berlin, at the Japanese tea café Macha-Macha
This might not be well known in Japan, but tea is very popular in Germany. There are so many different types of herbal tea sold at super markets and you can even find green tea (Grüner Tee) at almost any super market. The Japanese tearoom Macha-Macha just opened last October in Berlin. They specialize in offering a high quality of imported Japanese tea, which usually captivates their regular customers and those who are interested. They also hold regular workshops for tea ceremony in order to give a deeper understanding of Japan, to people in Germany.
We had a cup of tea in a solemn, yet little tense atmosphere.
There is a conventional tearoom with tatami mats where you can experience real tea ceremony inside the café. The workshops were divided into 5 sessions, and I was able to join one of them. They served handmade Japanese sweets and Matcha tea, both being of very good quality. The person who served tea was Ms. Atsuko Isoyama, an advisor at the Urasenke School of Japanese Tea. Before starting the workshop, she explained the history of tea in Japan, the effects of tea, and many other interesting facts. Everyone hung on to her every word. During the tea ceremony, it was so silent and solemn, making her every action so beautiful and precious. After the workshop, there were many questions about tea ceremony and everybody gained a deeper understanding of Japanese tea.
During the Q&A time somebody asked, “Why does the philosophy of tea put importance on process?” According to Ms. Atsuko, ”Tea ceremony is not all about serving tea, it’s also about creating a good atmosphere for everyone in attendance and enjoying the tea with all of your heart.” I found the ideas, “appreciating tea with all of your heart ” and “putting your heart into making every procedure important” to sound very Japanese-like.
There were various types interests in tea. I interviewed participants after the workshop!
Christian (left) and Robekkah (right) said they got to know Japanese tea through their friends who went to Taiwan. When their friend introduced Taiwan tea, they got very interested in the world of tea in general. Rebecca was so enchanted by tea that she visited Taiwan to get to know more about it. She says, ”During Taiwanese tea ceremony, their is more focus on yourself and the tea itself, but Japanese tea is more focused on the whole process. I think it’s interesting.”
These two people also participated in the tea ceremony with me. They were generally interested in at first, and then got more familiar with Japanese tea. “I was interested in the Russian tea at first, and later found Japanese tea through participating in the workshop. It was so nice to have Q&A time after it!” I met another person who said that they feel good from the effects of tea, and he said, “Coffee is too strong, but with green tea I can start my day more smoothly.” During the workshops, you can come for any interests you might have about tea and absorb some knowledge. If you live in Berlin, or if you are just visiting and are interested in tea, this is the place for you!
【Next tea ceremony workshop】
Date and time：Sun, 31st May, 2015 11:30~ (90min)
Fee：€25 (Including tea)
※Please check the shop’s facebook page for the latest information. Reservation is required if you are joining one of the workshops. (firstname.lastname@example.org)