The tea ceremony, long a key component in premarriage training for women, is gradually drawing interest among men in search of healing after a hard day’s work, bringing yet another weapon into the Japanese war on stress.

One Monday evening in Tokyo in September, more than a dozen men of various ages gathered in a spacious Japanese-style room at a house in Shinjuku Ward for a tea ceremony. Compared with other weekdays, men outnumbered women conspicuously.

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