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HiSUi TOKYO’s Tea Ceremony (HiSUi ryu)
HiSUi Tokyo’s tea ceremony builds on the teachings of Sen no Rikyu, a historical figure with great influence over the style of ‘Wabi-cha’. Wabi-cha is one of the main styles of tea ceremonies, which originated in the Azuchi-momoyama period. HiSUi Tokyo’s tea ceremony incorporates this style with the subtle spirits and musings of the samurai from all those years ago.
With the first few sips in our unique environment, this philosophy will become clear.
As you learn more about and experience the refined art of our tea ceremony, maybe you can further appreciate the tranquility of nature. With this, a deeper understanding and sensitivity to the distinctive and quintessential virtues of Japanese culture and Japanese nature will become apparent.
A lucid feeling of accomplishment
Tea ceremonies follow a strict and precise set of rules and series of actions, called the ‘Lemoto system’. The Lemoto system is one of the core, defining aspects of Japanese culture. Our cohort of tea ceremony instructors are highly skilled professionals who studied and perfected their skills under this system.
We at HiSUi are always striving to educate more people about Japanese culture and our instructors are looking forward to introducing people to the finer aspects of Japanese culture.
The Allure of the HiSUi Style
Throughout the year, once a month, we carefully adjust the procedure of the tea ceremony to match the ever-changing seasons. We do this based on the idea that humankind is one with nature and as such, should try to match the flow of nature in order to experience a more fulfilling and rich life.
Our Teahouse, ‘Suian’ is an authentic, 8-tatami-sized teahouse modeled after the teahouses from the Azuchi-momoyama period. Come and enjoy the unique atmosphere of dignified extravagance.
For our tea ceremony classes, we offer flexible appointments so that you can enjoy the tea ceremonies at your own pace and leisure. In addition, many different types of our classes are scheduled to run at the same time, so we can also offer the option of combining classes together upon request. For example, a waso class (kimono dressing) and sado class may be combined to learn the two disciplines simultaneously.
Many different types of people from a variety of different backgrounds frequent our classes. Why not come and meet some new people, and enjoy talking and learning together.
Here at HiSUi Tokyo, we believe in providing an experience of the utmost quality. We hope that from taking in the atmosphere of the surrounding Ginza area and attending the classes provided in our teahouses, you can enjoy a unique and superb experience.
HiSUi TOKYO Sado (Tea Ceremony) Course
- Entry/Beginner “Suisho / Crystal course”
(4 sessions a month over the course of 1 year)Thorough guidance of the basics aimed towards beginners, but also beneficial for experienced students. Professional instruction for the authentic forms for rising, seating oneself and greetings will be covered in the course in addition to basic conduct in the tea room, how to drink both light (Usu-cha) and dark tea (Koi-cha), and how to use the tea ceremony appliances.
We also offer direction on how to perform a more relaxed tea ceremony for when you are entertaining guests at home utilizing both the general ‘Otemae’ tea ceremony, and one of the specific tea ceremony styles called, ‘Hiratemae’. This course provides all you need to know for now to begin enjoying Japanese tea alongside acquiring natural and beautiful techniques.
- Intermediate “Kohaku / Amber course”
(4 sessions a month over the course of 1 year)To adapt with the changing seasons, every month’s tea ceremony changes subtly. As the seasons change, the types of appliances also change; this course will guide you through how to correctly use the different types of appliances. Experience a more in-depth connection to the seasons and environment through the art of the tea ceremony with this course.
- Advanced “HiSUi / Jade course”
(4 sessions a month over the course of 1 year)While experiencing the ever-changing tastes in tea over a 12-month period, you will learn in parallel, about both the monthly tea ceremony styles and the classic dark tea ceremony.
- HiSUi Men’s tea ceremony (8 sessions in total)
This course offers a male perspective on a variety of different themes in the tea ceremony. Come and enjoy some tea and confectionery over the 8 sessions.
(This course does not offer practical tea ceremony instruction.)
1st Session “Chawan” (cup)
2nd Session “Chashaku” (tea scoop)
3rd Session “Natsume” (jujube / red date)
4th Session “Chagama” (tea kettle)
5th Session “Mizusashi” (fresh water container)
6th Session “Kakejiku” (hanging scroll)
7th Session “Hanaire to Kougo” (flower vase and incense container)
8th Session “Wagashi” (Japanese confectionery)
- For those who have completed the advanced course, we also offer two further advanced courses.
- Ruri / Lapis Lazuli course” (Unlimited period)
This course is catered towards those who want to further practice and hone their tea ceremony skills. At your own leisure, through practicing the tea ceremony, experience a grander lifestyle.
- Instructor training course (80 sessions over the course of 1 year)
This course provides skills needed to become a tea ceremony instructor, while reviewing and practicing the content covered in the Intermediate “Kohaku / Amber course” and Advanced “Hisui / Jade course”.After passing this course, you will have the credentials to teach and even open your own tea ceremony school.
Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in our tea room,“SUIAN”, while learning about how to enjoy Matcha to the fullest and learning about the various characteristics of the tea ceremony.
- I always wanted to learn Sado (Tea ceremony) in Ginza and found this place. The lessons seem authentic and of the highest quality, so I am looking forward to learning here. (Male, 40s)
- The teacher’s lesson was so fun and informative; I decided to sign up right away. I can’t wait to start. (Male, 70s)