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What Sweets are Served With Green Tea in a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony?

I’m studying Geisha and I am doing a presentation on them.  I have decided that during the presentation the veiwers will sit on the floor and I will offer them Japanese Green Tea to get them feeling what I am saying to them but I dont know what to give them to snack on.  I have however found rice cakes to maybe work  – any ideas??

If you can make or buy some, I would suggest the little cakes filled with bean paste. Something like this should work: http://japanesefood.about.com/od/japanesecake/r/manjucake.htm There are a few other possible ideas here, if you scroll down to the Japanese section: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean_jam

When I went to the Japanese tea ceremony before the Miyako Odori in April, we were served either Manju or some kind of Daifuku with the tea (sorry, I still get them confused), so it strikes me as pretty authentic for a geisha tea ceremony.


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What are Differences Between Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies?

Hello, I am writing a paper on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and I am trying to find out the differences of Japanese and Chinese Tea Ceremonies. I ask that you please provide me with a preferably ACADEMIC source so I can actually use it for my paper. Thanks a lot in advance!!!


The Japanese tea ceremony features a quietly reflective ceremony where the preparation of tea takes place in silence. The Chinese tea ceremony takes place to celebrate a wedding and is seen as a fun and happy occasion.


During the Japanese ceremony guests sit in silence watching the host prepares matcha tea. As the newlyweds in the Chinese ceremony prepare tea the good luck woman speaks positive, often funny phrases to amuse the guests.


Sweet candies are served before the Japanese tea ceremony while the Chinese ceremony uses dried fruits served with the tea.


The Japanese ceremony is a social event completed by the guests discussing both the tea and handmade utensils used by the host. The making and giving of tea in the Chinese ceremony bares similarities to the exchange of vows during a Western wedding ceremony.


A number of Zen principles govern the Japanese tea ceremony which include harmony, respect and purity. The presenting of tea in the Chinese ceremony serves as an introduction by the newlyweds to their new families and a sign of respect to the parents. Hope it helps ^.^


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