Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring maiko tea ceremony in Kitano-Tenman-guu ②

Geiko is busy treating the guests.
You have two choices! (You have to choose beforehand where to seat.)
Having a tea at the table (like this photo)....
or, at the Japanese-style room (like this photo).

I recommend having a tea at the Japanese-style room.
First,it shorten the distance between maiko and guests.
Secondly,Japanese tea ceremony should be performed gracefully with the traditional ritual,I think.
Table is kind of western-like,I think.

They're preparing teas for guests.
Hope you enjoy Japanese spring tea ceremony with us.
Thank you for reading.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Spring maiko tea ceremony in Kitano-Tenman-guu

The pink plum blossoms are at their best now.
This is Kitano-Tenman-Guu Shrine in Kyoto.
Today we have tea ceremony in the garden of this shrine.
This ceremony is held annually on February 25.
Municipal bus(No.50 or 101) is good from JR Kyoto station,and get off at Kitano-Hakubaichou.
Early morning is good,(9:00a.m) because there are so many people waiting for their turn.
This is the tea ceremony place.
(This is kind of show-tent which is set up temporarily for today's ceremony in the garden.)
Everyone is waiting eagerly to be served maccha tea by maiko girls.
There are many tourist from abroad here today.
This must be exciting moment for them.
Finally these women started to serve teas for guests.
Geiko and maiko serve teas one after another.
Finally maccha teas are served to this family.
This cute girl looks nervous now.

They're having a pleasant chat with guests.

 Maiko receives today's ticket from guests.

She serves the teas with graceful movement.

 To be continued...

(About my "Yuzen Dyeing Atelier "You" post,
Sorry for long inconvenience.
I had to reduce all the file size of photos by compressing the image,
because the size of these photos were too big,too heavy.
Now they're available.)