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Sencha-do @ Yamamoto-tei Garden

Etsuko Yoshida, a sencha-do (the way of green tea) master, will hold an event from 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, in which participants will not only enjoy drinking green tea but also try pouring tea themselves.

The venue is the tea room of Yamamoto-tei Garden, an 8-minute walk from Shibamata Station on the Keisei Kanamachi Line in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. For access, see

An entry is ¥5,000 and reservation is needed. Call 047-372-1332.

In the Dec. 1 event, tea leaves hand-picked in fiscal 2010 in Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, known for producing high-quality tea, will be used and specially-made wagashi (Japanese cake) will be served.

Sencha-do came from China in the early Edo Period (1603-1868). It features leaf tea, unlike the ordinary tea ceremony, in which powdered tea (matcha) is used. It first spread among literati, who enjoyed it on their outdoor excursions. The sencha-do ceremony is more relaxed than an ordinary tea ceremony, allowing participants to enjoy tea and Japanese tradition in their regular clothes.