“Sado” is a Japanese art of ceremonial tea-making and definitely one representative of Japanese Culture.
”Sado” is a ceremony to stir up powdered green tea with boiled water and to offer Tea to the Guests.
Currently, sado has the forerunning maccha-do (art of maccha : green powdered tea ceremony) and the later sencha-do (art of sencha : simmered tea) ceremony), and it refers to the former if one mentions just about “sado”.
The manufacturing method of the tea and a habit of drinking tea was brought to Japan by envoys to China in the Heian period (794-1185).
In Kamakura period (1185-1333), Matcha (green powdered tea) was brought as a medicine by very famous Japanese monks of “Dogen” and “Eisai” who conveyed the Zen Buddhism in Japan.
Then, it began to spread among the Japanese and strengthen the spiritual cultivation element along with spread of Zen Buddhism.
There are about 40 schools in Japanese “Sado”.
The most well known school is “Ura-Senke” originated by “SEN no Rikyu” (1522-1591).
It is said that the style of the Japanese tea ceremony was perfected by “SEN no Rikyu”.
Sado spread even around the world after World War II, and the popularization of sado achieved world level recognition.
Now, “Sado” is well received by people oversea as one representative of Japanese Culture.
In Japan, “Sado” is recognized as a way to master the etiquette through the tea ceremony.
Therefore, it can be said that the tea ceremony is one of the most important elements of Japanese culture.
Why don’t you come over Japan to try to taste a green tea and the Japanese culture !!!