It’s always fun to partake in new experiences and learn something new about another culture. Recently I went to RO HO EN, the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, Az. They host traditional Japanese tea ceremonies once a month thru May and I was lucky enough to score a seat in one of them. It is customary to serve Matcha tea.
Hands and mouth must be rinsed before the tea ceremony with water from this basin called a Tsukubai.
The Tsukubai is a basin used to rinse your hands and mouth as a purifying ritual before entering the tea house for the ceremony.
Once seated the hosts bring you a sweet sugar bar and a ginger cookie to sweeten your palate.
Drinking the matcha tea. The tea bowl must be held over your left hand and the right hand must grab the bowl from the side.
The Ro Ho En is an authentic 3 1/2 acre Japanese Stroll Garden. 1,500 tons of hand picked rock stone footbridges. Lanterns. More than 50 varieties of plants. A 12-foot waterfall. A Koi pond with over 300 colorful Koi fish.