Matcha! I’d 💚 to lend some history & culture to this fab craze…May it make your next matcha experience more meaningful! Matcha has its roots in Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu, which is an elaborate 2-8 (!) hour ceremony that brings together many aspects of the height of Japanese culture, including architecture, ceramics, flower arranging, textiles, food, tea (of course!), & more. It’s an incredible cultural experience, and if you ever get the chance to attend one, I highly recommend it!
There was a 16th century Japanese tea master named Rikyu who took chanoyu from being an opulent extravaganza of rich people showing off their fancy wares, to a celebration of the simple, the ordinary, & the imperfect. It was he who popularized the concept of wabi sabi, which celebrates the beauty of the imperfect.
One of my favorite symbolisms in Japanese tea ceremony is that everyone must enter through a half-height door—which means you must get on your knees and crawl in. It’s awkward. But whether you were an emperor or a samurai or a peasant (or in today’s lexicon, a billionaire or janitor), you had to do it… And in that crawling through the door you were stripped of all rank and status. You were just a person, just a naked, gentle soul, as honored as the person next to you.
That’s just a teensy taste of some of the rich culture and history that matcha carries. Wishing you a moment of pause and a gentle return to your core, essential, naked self the next time you drink matcha!
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