Cha no yu: the Japanese tea ceremony

Cha no yu means literally "hot water for tea", is known as the Japanese tea ceremony in the West and has as its objective a relaxed communion between the host and his guests. Born around the sixteenth century, it is based in part on the etiquette of serving tea, the Matcha powdered green tea, but it also includes the aesthetic contemplation of landscape gardens, tea utensils, paintings, flower arrangement and all the other elements that coexist in a harmonious relationship with the ceremony. Its ultimate aim is the attainment of a deep spiritual satisfaction through the drinking of tea through silent contemplation.

Everything begins and ends in the small space of four and a half tatami of the Chashitsu, the Tea Room. The slowness, the suspension of time, the intensity and the essentiality are the features of this art that to place the center of its aesthetic enjoyment in the quiet and serenity. However, what is lost in ostentation and magnificence is gained in depth because every gesture, every word and every object in their essentiality lead to the depth.

The greatest time of the art of tea coincided with the age of the great Maestro Sen no Rikyū, the Supreme Maestro that gave impetus to the wabicha, the wabi tea. Nowadays, Cha no yu, has become a delicate, harmonious practice of intense aesthetic beauty, without the moral qualities attributed to the ancient Masters. But it is still one of the most amazing events a man can experience in a modern life.