What to Serve
Matcha or green tea is the traditional choice when hosting a Japanese tea ceremony; but for a modern-day ceremony, you can have other types of loose leaf tea such as white tea or oolong tea. Have some sliced lemons on hand, plus a small pot of honey so that your guests can adjust the flavor of their tea according to their taste. Ideally, you should use a Japanese tea pot and bowls for the ceremony – but if you don’t have those, a regular tea set will do. If you’re having a tea ceremony without the kaiseki meal, then it should last for about two hours maximum; so be prepared by having some sweets, mini sandwiches, and delicately flavored pastries to go with the tea as your guests are bound to feel peckish during your modern tea ceremony.
A Japanese tea ceremony represents respect, harmony, and tranquility, and it reminds us of the importance of serving and giving to others without expecting anything in return. As long as you keep this in mind, you can have an authentic, mindful, and enjoyable tea experience with your loved ones, even if you stray a little from ancient tradition.