The Nagamachi samurai Quarter in Kanazawa retains many of the original features of the earthen walled streets of the era. We went to Nomura House which is an outstanding example of a samurai house and luxuriated on an upper level whilst engaging in the tea ceremony.
The tea ceremony involves a carefully orchestrated series of events. The custom of the tea ceremony has come to be regarded as a spiritual event in many ways and was quite appealing to the samurai. The ritual involves the serving of matcha (green powdered tea that has been whipped) and a light snack or meal. The tea ceremony is encapsulated in the notion “ichigoe, ichie” – meaning one lifetime, one meeting.
To drink matcha the bowl must be held in the right hand and placed in the palm of the left hand. Turn the bowl clockwise approximately 90 degrees, raising the bowl with both hands and drinking the contents in 3 mouthfuls.