The tea ceremony, which flourished in the Edo period, lives on in ultra-modern Tokyo. Let Charen Tranquilitea, helmed by a tea-ceremony specialist descended from feudal lords, introduce you to the way of tea through tailor-made experiences such as cha-kaiseki (tea ceremony and kaiseki fine dining) at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Tea ceremony was originally enjoyed only by a limited number of high-ranking people mainly in Kyoto. It's not only for the enjoyment of tea, but has evolved to become a comprehensive art with a span that includes the purpose and way of thinking for life, the tea utensils and artworks used to decorate the tea room. The Japanese virtues of hospitality and equality are also a part of tea ceremony. No matter how high one's status is, everyone is respected equally in the tea room.
In the 17th century it became popular in the capital city of Edo (now Tokyo) among samurai and ordinary citizens. Since then until present day, various styles of tea ceremony have been created in Tokyo while carrying on its tradition. Tokyo, serving as the center of culture and economy for over 400 years, is home to numerous unique and exclusive venues developed by members of various business fields and circles, where the top-notch tea makers and masterpiece tea utensils are found. As a result of these factors coming together, Tokyo gives you a wide options of top-rated tea ceremony experiences not seen in other cities.
CHAREN Tranquiliteais a tea ceremony specialist in organizing and hosting tailor-made tea gatherings. The Director of CHAREN Tranquilitea, Ms. Hoshina says, "I would like people who come to Tokyo to experience the authentic tea ceremony in a casual manner and I hope to seek new possibilities for tea ceremony while connecting with people from various countries." She comes from a Daimyo family (Samurai lord) that can trace its roots back to the Edo period, and all of the tea utensils she prepares for us are masterpieces. Her background also allows her the access to various exclusive venues in Tokyo and make some special arrangement there.
For example, they offer you a real "Cha Kaiseki", a combination of tea ceremony and Kaiseki style course meal, at "Tsujitome", a Michelin 2-star Kaiseki restaurant. As tea ceremonies are held in English, there is no need to worry about language barrier. We would love you to try your own unique tea ceremony in Tokyo.