"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)