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at a Japanese traditional farmhouse
in Nagoya

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“書道”Japanese Calligraphy

Kanji (Chinese symbols), the first characters of Japan, which spread in Japan about 2000 years ago. Kanji has been spreading along with Buddhism and has developed uniquely in Japan. Kanji isn’t a language expressing “sound” like English but expressing “meaning” and has various meanings in one symbol. So there are many foreigners interested in the design of Kanji. The connection between Kanji and Buddhism is deep and many monks left books. Especially, books related to the Zen sects are also key items in tea ceremony which is also deeply connected with Zen sects.

First, please try to grind an ink-cake in a quiet environment. You can feel the mental focus with the unique smell of the ink. After learning the basics of Japanese calligraphy such as how to hold and move the brush, please enjoy the time to freely create letters as artwork making use of your originality. Vivid letters will be created along the lines with the movement of your hands. After practicing many copies of the work, a clean copy of your work will be framed as a souvenir. It is nice to display the work at home for your memory of the trip.

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“茶道”Tea Ceremony

“Matcha”, the traditional Japanese green tea, now attracts the attention of people all over the world as a representative of Japanese culture. But as for the authentic “tea ceremony”, only very few people have proper knowledge and experience about it even in Japan. Here, you can learn about the authentic tea ceremony with an easy-to-understand manner. Tea was introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks from China about twelve hundred years ago. Then, in the age of the Sengoku period about 400 years ago, tea ceremony was deeply tied to the idea of Zen by Samurai, and the style of the present tea ceremony was created. It is interesting to see motions related to martial arts such as “sword” and “bow” in the manner of tea ceremony.

Please enjoy the tea ceremony sitting on the tatami mat flooring in the quiet Kominka house while thinking about the Sengoku period. The idea of valuing the cherishing encounter that may be a once in a lifetime experience. The idea of customers and hosts to enrich the event connecting with one another. Based on these unique ideas of the tea ceremony, the time comfortably flows. As well as receiving Temae (serving tea) as a guest, you can experience making your own tea in the ceremony. Please try delicious tea and Japanese confections.

Experience Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony in Nagoya aka the city of Samurai culture

Do you know that Nagoya was once the center base of Samurai culture? During the Sengoku period in the 16th century when Samurai played an active role, the Owari district including Nagoya is known as the place where the most famous “Sengoku Daimyo”, powerful Japanese feudal lord, were from, such as “Oda Nobunaga”, “Toyotomi Hideyoshi” and “Tokugawa Ieyasu”. After leaving Nagoya, they made a big impact in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo, and reigned Japan. However, Nagoya is a very important place in history where is the startup of reigning Japan.

Why don’t you experience Japanese culture such as Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony with English in a Kominka house in the city of Samurai culture “Nagoya”? Chonoya is “Kominka”, a Japanese traditional farmhouse, which is about 100 years old, located 10 minutes by car from the center of Nagoya. We will welcome you at a special place where people actually used to live, not sightseeing facilities. Once you step inside, you will see the good old days of Japanese houses such as tatami mats, Shoji (paper walls) and traditional Japanese gardens which are rare today. With this quiet space, you can experience Japanese culture such as Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony with small numbers of people while understanding the history. This would be the special experience for your visit to Japan.

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    Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582)Although he was the first Daimyo who aimed for the unification of Japan in the Sengoku period, he was killed by betrayal of the vassal before completing the unification which sit on the doorstep.
    (Image: Chokoji temple warehouse)
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    Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598)After Nobunaga Oda’s death, he achieved the unification of Japan, and helped tea ceremony develop greatly with Sen-no-Rikyu who was the founder of tea ceremony.
    ( Kodaiji temple warehouse)
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    Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) After the ruin of the Toyotomi family, he opened the Edo shogunate which lasted about 260 years.
    (Image: Tower of Osaka Castle warehouse)

Cultural Experience Package Plan16,500Yen (tax included)



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