By Beth Klemick
The Japanese tea ceremony (known as ha-no-yu, chado, or sado) was likely originated in China and introduced into the Japanese culture. These days in Japan the tea ceremony has become a popular hobby of many Japanese who actually take tea ceremony lessons with a teacher. This ritualistic ceremony is learned by heart and very precise. The simplistic version of the ceremony is that the tea is prepared by the host, and served and drunken by the guests with conversation kept to a minimum. A tea ceremony can last anywhere between one hour to five hours, depending on the type of ceremony. There are different types of tea ceremonies too, like Obon temae and Ryu-rei. The Japanese Lifestyle website provided insightful and complete information regarding the tea ceremony along with many other fascinating Japanese cultural outlets.