Tea in Japan Chanoyu

In the Sadler, Sen-No-Rikyu text, the part that stood out to me the most was the lack of judgment held by the author. In other pieces, such as George Orwell’s writing, an extreme set of do’s and dont’s is put into place on how tea should be made. The description of Chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, displays feelings of acceptance and gratefulness for all attempts at enjoying tea, instead of the disapproval of other authors. While some people believe that tea has to be consumed in special surroundings, the author of the Sen-No-Rikyu passage promotes enjoying tea in a spiritual and personal manner. After describing how to prepare the house for a tea ceremony, the author details, “In my little hut, whether people come or not it is all the same. In my heart, there is no stir of attraction or disgust.” The Chanoyu ceremony focuses on the body and soul and relies less on critiquing others. Shedding light on the emotions and traditions common in the Japanese tea ceremonies illuminates the spirituality held by the Japanese at this time. In conclusion, the focus on internal well being and individuality helps display the Japanese tea ceremony of Chanoyu.

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