Venture beyond your usual cup of Lyons or Barry’s at a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin next week. Women from the Irish-Japanese community will don kimonos and use traditional utensils to demonstrate the “Way of Tea” on Thursday, June 14th at 1pm. Visitors are invited to take part in the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, a form of powdered green tea. And of course you’ll get to drink your tea, too.
The Japanese tea ceremony, which dates back to the 12th century, holds a significant role in Japanese culture – something us tea-loving Irish should appreciate.
Admission is free, no booking necessary and afterwards you can visit the restored 17th century Japanese scrolls telling the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter currently on display in the gallery. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. See cbl.ie.