Nihongo Center Foundation, Inc. and

The Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School Partnership:

The Beauty of the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Sadō)

February 18, 2022

     To fully encapsulate the essence of Japanese culture, genuine and reliable cultural information are pivotal. With this in mind, the Nihongo Center Foundation in partnership with Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School fruitfully aspires to broaden and strengthen the promotion of Japanese culture in an authentic, accurate, and definitive manner.

     A great way to start our learning journey would be at the heart of Japan’s culture. Sadō, also known as the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a cultural activity that grants a gentle peek into the vivid and dynamic culture Japan bears. Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School demonstrates the step-by-step process of how Sado is performed. The aesthetic of Sadō is discerned in its material components such as the tea utensils, teaware, and tearoom which are then brought to life by the graceful and precise movements of the host (the person who does the tea ceremony).

     The ceremony itself embraces the four principles of Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquility. This translates into the endeavor of tea practitioners and enthusiasts alike to integrate these principles into their everyday lives. In its entirety, Sado is an art form, performance, and ceremony that takes years to perfect, even masters of the ceremony who have devoted their life to its beauty will insist they are still in the process of learning. The exhilarating charm of Japan’s culture will surely allure the interest of each and every individual in learning more about the land of the rising sun.

     In moving forward, kindly anticipate that the Nihongo Center Foundation in partnership with the Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School will bring forth a newfound tenacity in sharing greater cultural knowledge that will further deepen the interest of all individuals in learning more about Japan, especially to those individuals who wish to further their Japanese studies.