In conjunction with the Bamboo exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in March 2016, we held a demonstration and class on the Japanese tea ceremony.
The class was led by Eiko Mouri, a very special teacher who lives in Santa Rosa and offers tea classes. She has been sharing chanoyu's concepts of harmony and consideration of others for many years in the hope of making the world a better place.
The Japanese tea ceremony is greatly influenced by Zen Buddhism, and that spirit is represented in all aspects of this tradition.
There was a demonstration by four Japanese women on tatami mats.
Afterwards, twenty participants were able to make matcha tea with bamboo whisk.
A number of bamboo crafts are tied to chanoyu, such as chashaku, a tea spool, chasen, a tea whisk (they are called hachiku in the Nara prefecture). Also bamboo floral baskets are commonly used in tea rooms.