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MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY KOBE & OSAKA

MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY
KOBE & OSAKA

Reset your heart and mind.  Sharpen your spiritual sensitivity.

If you are interested in Japanese tea ceremony but would like to avoid touristy experience, please come to Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe & Osaka.  

Why Kobe?

Kobe is a cosmopolitan port city, with refined urban culture, beautiful nature,  interesting history, good food and good people.  Easy access from Kyoto and Osaka.  Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe is conveniently but quietly located in a peaceful residential area close to refreshing, purifying Nunobiki Waterfall, just at the back of Shin-Kobe Station.

It is perfect to have a mindful, serene private tea ceremony and then head to a pleasant walk to the waterfall through a quiet Zen temple and a Shinto Shrine with the tea master, who is also a licensed guide.


Have a heart-to-heart, non-touristy
private tea ceremony.

The tea master will prepare the tea ceremony just for you, not having anyone before or after you -- it's only one group per day. 

At Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe, after the tea ceremony, she will give you a tour of Kobe walking through a tranquil beautiful path through a Zen temple and a Shinto shrine, explaining their spiritual philosophy, then reaching the purifying Nunobiki Waterfall. 
The total 3 hours in the afternoon will be a beautiful, serene, refreshing time for you to sharpen your spiritual sensitivity.

Why Osaka?

Osaka is known for lively, crowded, exciting city life but where Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka is held is off the central Osaka -- 15min away by train from Osaka Station -- in the peaceful residential area. 

Here tea ceremony is conducted with a table and chairs, so if you feel umconfortable sitting on the tatami mat, or if you would like to study modern style of tea ceremony, please come to Mindfulness Tes Ceremony Osaka.

Enjoy Two of Japanese Traditional Arts
-- Tea Ceremony and Shamisen --

At Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka as well, the tea master will prepare the tea ceremony just for you, not having anyone before or after you -- it's only one group per day.  

After the tea ceremony in Osaka, she will perform the shamisen, 3-stringed Japanese traditional music instrument, which is also performed by Geisha ladies and Kabuki orchestra. 

Enjoy peaceful time with two of the Japanese traditional arts -- tea ceremony and shamisen.

Mindfulness Tea Ceremony is best suited to...

- those who would like to experience a private, non-touristy, heart-to-heart tea ceremony
- those who are well-traveled and looking for an in-depth experience
- those who would like to have a peaceful moment to reflect on themselves

ONLINE MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY

YOU CAN TAKE A TEA CEREMONY LESSON FROM YOUR HOME!

Maybe you are interested in learning how to do the Japanese tea ceremony yourself at home?

I offer private online lessons of the simple table tea ceremony that you can casually try with what you already have at home, except for "Mathca" powdered green tea and "Chasen" bamboo whisk (there is no alternative for these two items).

At the end, just like Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka, I will perform the Shamisen.

It's a private lesson that you can take just by yourself or with your friends/family.



Testimonials

"We had a unique moment in time with Souka. She took us to a beautifully decorated room where she performed an incredibly graceful tea ceremony. We felt part of a peaceful historic tradition and enjoyed every minute of this experience. I had the taste of matcha on my lips for hours after which pleasantly prolonged the sensation. I can warmly recommend this event." (U from Denmark)

"The tea ceremony was wonderful and very tasteful. We left her house filled up with new energy and kind spirit." (T from England)

"Thank you so much Souka - you couldn’t have been a better host and it is a day that will last long in our memories due to your thoughtfulness." (S from U.K.)

"I had the best time with Souka's Tea Ceremony and Waterfall Walk. Although I'm learning about Japan and its culture, this was my first exposure to a traditional Tea Ceremony. Throughout the experience, Souka thoroughly explained and demonstrated the correct conduct and method for guests to progress in this art form. By understanding the roots and foundation of Tea Ceremonies you begin to develop a deeper appreciation not only through this experience but throughout our daily life. I not only saw the peace and tranquility during this Tea Ceremony but I found myself coming to small realisations and further self awareness. To get the most out of this Tea Ceremony, immerse yourself in that exact moment and realise there won't be any other just like it :) The walk to the waterfall just further emphasises that tranquility and peace. You slowly move up through residential areas and into nature, metaphorically showing the struggle and reward of life (But I think I'm reading too much into it now haha). Souka is a very kind and lovely lady with a very high fluency in English. And her entire demeanour makes her welcoming, humble and patient towards her guests. I am grateful and thankful that I was able to attend Souka's Tea Ceremony. If or when I visit Japan again, I feel like I can attend another Tea Ceremony to learn something new or visit a new-made friend." (E from Australia)

"Souka est une jeune femme délicate et attentionnée, elle a accepté ma demande de voir une cérémonie du thé lors de mon très court séjour à Kobe. En plus de présenter un très beau rituel, Souka explique l'origine et la philosophie de la cérémonie. C'est une douce parenthèse hors du temps." (F from France)


Testimonials for Online Experience 

"It's quite amazing how much influence you left us, especially given that everything was done virtually. In my previous tea ceremony experiences, I hadn't quite connected with the hosts on a personal level, but after your class, I found myself kept referring to the teachings you shared and reflecting upon them. Thank you again for your hospitality and for sharing the once in a lifetime moment with us. "
(E from Korea)

"We had met Souka as our guide in the Kyoto-Nara area and had absolutely loved the itinerary she had prepared for us, as well as being amazed by her immense knowledge and expertise. The tea ceremony was no different: Regardless of the physical distance and missing the essential component of touch & smell, we didn’t feel the experience lacked anything. Souka beautifully explained the history and the philosophy behind, which was followed by the actual ceremony itself. We had many questions, all of which she answered, satisfying our curiosity. It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with harmony and tranquility. We plan to repeat it in person amongst our friend group (we were 4 people who joined) the next time we can get together. The song she performed in the end with shamisen was also a rare treat, especially considering the lack of performance arts in our lives for months due to Covid. We learned that Souka has an amazing singing voice and talent on top of everything else!  In short, the online tea ceremony with Souka was a very nice experience we would recommend everyone. It would probably even be better to have it in person, but considering the circumstances and what the future of leisure travel will become, this is really the next best thing in terms of experiencing a part of the Japanese culture with the guidance of such a kind and knowledgeable friend!(Z & I from Turkey)


"Experiencing Souka's online Mindfulness Tea Ceremony is simply a must! Having practised for many years, she is perfectly qualified to transmit this ancient tradition, yet does so with a modern twist and a light-hearted, joyful approach. When I signed in at the scheduled time, there she was waiting for me in her elegant kimono with everything beautifully prepared in a tranquil setting. Throughout the demonstration, she gave me the opportunity to ask questions, and even included a live performance on a traditional Japanese instrument. By the end of the experience, I felt that I had learnt so much and was calm yet uplifted at the same time. Nothing was lost in the online format, either. I would recommend this to anyone wishing to explore Japanese culture with a seasoned expert -- all from the comfort of your own home! 

(M from the UK)


“Treat yourself to the Mindfulness Tea Ceremony with Souka!!! This was my second time experiencing a Japanese Tea Ceremony with Souka. The first one was a few years ago when my family and I visited Kobe, Japan and participated in a Tea Ceremony with Souka. She is gracious, knowledgeable, friendly, articulate and funny. She loves to laugh. She loves what she does and it shows. For me, hearing Souka explain that one purpose of the Tea Ceremony is to focus on the present is SO powerful. I think we all spend so much time doing so many different things (and necessary things) that we often forget to take out time for ourselves. Well, Souka's presentation reminds us that we need to take time out for ourselves; focus on the moment and enjoy ourselves. I am so thankful to have Souka in my life!!! In closing, treat yourself to Souka's Mindfulness Tea Ceremony.”
(M from the US)

"This was such a fun experience! Souka gave me a great background in the Japanese Tea Ceremony then demonstrated the ceremony while helping me follow along making tea in my home. The focus on mindfulness was very relaxing and calming. I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience and the delicious tea. At the end of the tea ceremony Souka treated me to a lovely shamisen concert. I highly recommend this experience to anyone interested in tea, Japanese culture, or just needing a relaxing moment in this stressful time."
(C from the US)

"This was an awesome experience! Meeting Souka in her home in Osaka and experiencing a tea ceremony as well as traditional music was truly a once in a lifetime experience! She is a great story teller and shared really interesting history. Thank you so much for truly magical experience!"

(J from the US)

"We very much enjoyed your presentation of your Mindfulness Tea Ceremony, updated from the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony on a tatami mat to orchestration while sitting on a chair at a table. While we thoroughly enjoyed the traditional ceremony when we visited you in Japan last year, this is a format that we can enjoy when we, in our “advanced” years, find it more difficult to cross our legs while sitting on the floor. Your overview of the Chinese and shogun/samurai influence on the ceremony made it even more interesting. Your musical presentation at the end punctuated a truly enjoyable experience, and brought back memories from last year as well. The white rose of sharon blooms from your garden were an elegant touch."
(K from the US)

"It was fascinating to learn about Japanese culture and the rituals related to the tea ceremony. Souka is kind, calm and very friendly. Her explanation of the rituals was so meaningful and philosophical."

(A from India)

"We really enjoyed our mindfulness tea ceremony with Souka. She taught us all about the history and significance of the tea ceremony. She guided us through the tea ceremony ourselves, and helped answer any remaining questions we had. This was a really great experience!"
(I from Switzerland)

"Thank you for hosting the Experience. 
I really enjoyed learning more about the tea culture, history and significance in Japan. I came out of the Experience feeling calm, and I was not expecting that :)  Additionally, it was great that you added an element of music as well, which was very enjoyable. I don't have any suggestions to make it better. It was great."
(S from India)

DETAIL:
MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY KOBE & OSAKA


- Everyday 13:30 (3 hours)

- Maximum 4 guests in a group

- Price: 28,000 yen PER GROUP (NOT per person)

including 90 min of a private tea ceremony conducted by a tea master with detailed explanation and instruction in fluent English, and
(1) Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe: 90 min of guided walk of peaceful and green Kobe with a national-licensed guide OR
(2) Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka: 90 min of performance and workshop of shamisen, Japanese traditional 3-stringed music instrument

- Meeting point
Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe: Shin-Kobe Station (JR Shinkansen/Subway) 
Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka: Ishibashi Handai-mae Station (Hankyu Railway)

In case you are coming by a chartered car, detailed address will be informed upon payment.

DETAIL:
ONLINE MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY LESSON

Date and Time:
Please inquire so we can discuss the convenient date and time, taking into consideration the time difference.

Duration: 75 minutes

Price: 6,600 yen per group (NOT per person)

Maximum number of participants: 4

MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY KOBE PHOTOS

After explaining the basic history and philosophy of tea ceremony, I will show you how to be guests -- when to bow, how to eat wagashi sweet and how to drink tea.  But what's most important  is that you enjoy the moment rather than remembering them all!!

If time allows and if you are interested, I will also show you how to make tea.

After the tea ceremony, we will walk in the quiet beautiful neighborhood visiting a serene Zen Buddhist temple, a Shinto shrine, and Nunobiki waterfall.

 Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe is conducted on the tatami mat floor, in a traditional style.  It's a small, intimate, cozy tea room.

MINDFULNESS TEA CEREMONY OSAKA & ONLINE LESSON PHOTOS

This is how Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka is conducted.  We still use the same utensils and the procedures are equally traditional, but it's at the table and chair.

Online lesson is in the casual style with less utensils (although the procedures are still traditional), so that you can try doing tea ceremony at your home using what you already have.

Actually the casual table tea ceremony is the most practical lesson to take if you are interested in becoming a host as soon as possible at your home. 
If you are visiting Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Osaka but wanting to take this table tea ceremony lesson, please let me know and I will offer the table tea ceremony lesson.

After the tea ceremony experience/lesson, I will perform the Shamisen, Japanese traditional music instrument with 3 strings.  I sing to the Shamisen, and you might be surprised that Japanese traditional singing style is very different from yours (especially Wester singing).  I will also explain the background reason why it's that different.

Souka

Through her study of Urasenke tea ceremony for 14 years, the  Zen philosophy "live in the moment" has been always the core tenet of her life.

Pursuit of the beautiful spirit of tea ceremony gave her a strong background in the important spiritual philosophy deeply running through Japanese traditional/modern culture.

She has been also giving guiding tours around Japan to English-speaking visitors ever since she got the national license in 2009.

Through her privately-offered tea ceremony and the guided walk through a quiet lovely path to the waterfall, she looks forward to offering a beautiful, serene time, where you can get away from your daily thoughts and reset yourself.

For inquiries and reservation, please contact:

info@mindfulnessjourneys-japan.com