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Sencha-do @ Toryu-an Tea House

An event to enjoy sencha-do (the way of green tea) will be held on May 19 in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.

Sencha-do master Etsuko Yoshida, clad in kimono, will serve tea grown in Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, and specially made Japanese cake to guests in Toryu-an Tea House from 2:30 p.m. Tea from Yame is known for its rich flagrance. After enjoying the tea and cake, the guests will have a chance to hold a teapot and pour tea from it into a cup.

In sencha-do, leaf tea is featured, unlike the ordinary tea ceremony, in which matcha (powered tea) is used. Sencha-do came from China during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and first spread among literati, who enjoyed it on their outdoor excursions.

Toryu-an Tea House at Junsai-ike Ryokuchi (green space) (4-27 Naka Kokubun, Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture/千葉県市川市中国分4-27) To go to Junsai-ike Ryokuchi, take a Keisei bus bound for Kokubun Sosha-jo or Kita Kokubun-eki from the No. 4 bus stop in front of the north exit of JR Ichikawa Station and get off at Junsai-ike.