It seems the Goryeo style tea ceremony is coming back in vogue earlier than I had expected! Korean made products are coming to the market that are for use in the powdered green tea ceremony that is known as the Japanese tea ceremony but was also the tea ceremony of old Korea during the Goreyo Dynasty. During the most recent International Tea and Craft Fair and Busan's convention center Bexco I found plenty of booths serving and selling powdered green tea each with the prominent bamboo whisk for whisking it to a froth. Below was one of the more innovative vendors :
Thanks to their business there are now several non-caffeinated options for tea ceremony!
Amazon's Foldable Tatami Mat
sells for $113. Here in Korea the tatami mat squares can be ordered at
the Hagihara brand home decor shop soon to be located in Busan's Centum
City. They are currently opening a branch here. We bought ours @ the
convention hall next to the Tea and Craft Fair where they had a home
As you can see below I put just two squares out to practice my level 1 tea ceremony as I intend to start teaching introductory courses in tea ceremony this summer. Their small size makes them wonderfully portable and I'm able to bring them outside! Coming to a park near you soon!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Next I found a place that teaches tea ceremony classes using the tea table that is becoming accepted in Japan. Indeed you can find plenty of pictures online of Geisha in Kyoto using the Japanese tea ceremony table.
The classes are offered in September but I'm trying to get them to open a class for using the table this summer... Here's hoping.
Once this summer I shall also give a tea tour of Nampodong/Gukjae Markets.
I shall also be taking pottery classes in Busan's Jangsan area. If any of you out there are interested in any of the above text me (Matthew) @ 010-5737-6543.
I've also discovered a few tea shops in Busan's Nampodong market that sell Chabako sets (pictured above). They contain most of what you'll need to do a Japanese tea ceremony. I shall do a review on them later next month.
Until then, it's tea time for me.