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学校法人明浄大学 大阪観光大学


学校法人明浄大学 大阪観光大学

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Osaka University of Tourism’s
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記事を書いているのは大阪観光大学の現役の教授や学生たち。 大学の情報はもちろん、観光業界や外国語に興味のある方にも楽しんでいただける記事を定期的に公開していきます。

和敬清寂 / Wa (Harmony), Kei (Respect), Sei (Purity) and Jaku (Tranquility)





裏千家茶道(準)教授 佐藤 宗晶

During my stay as a visiting researcher at the Faculty of World Languages and Cultures, Georgia State University seven years ago, I was requested by my supervisor, Dr. Takatori, to give a lecture on the Japanese tea ceremony in a Japanese language class. I brought a set of portable tea utensils and matcha from Japan. I borrowed matcha bowls from Dr. Takatori and served matcha. Although the guests do not wash the tea bowls after drinking matcha according to the Chado manner, the students passed their own tea bowls after drinking matcha and washing their tea bowls in the class considering the aspect of hygiene. In consideration of hygiene, I chose Japanese sweets wrapped in bags.

I explained the four most essential elements of the tea ceremony based on the Urasenke tea ceremony textbook. Each American student drank matcha in a matcha bowl. The students who learned Japanese 100 (beginner) and 200 (intermediate) enjoyed the matcha and sweets in a friendly atmosphere.

Japanese missions to Tang China (618-907) called “Kentoshi” introduced Chinese tea leaves to Japan during the Nara period (710-794). During the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Murata Juko (1423-1502) advocated the tea ceremony. In the Azuchi Momoyama period (1568-1600), Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591) compiled the activities and theory into four rules “Wa,” “Kei,” “Sei,” and “Jaku,” called “Shisoku” of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. “Wa” means harmony, “Kei” means respect for each other, “Sei” means keeping the tea room clean, and “Jaku” means serving tea in a quiet and calm atmosphere.

The students who learned the above four rules calmly carried tea bowls to other classmates for serving matcha. They bowed each other. The students who played the role of guests drank matcha, washed their tea bowls quietly to pass the bowls to their next guests. They all enjoyed tea ceremony time. It was very encouraging for me to see young people enthusiastically studying Japanese language and Japanese culture in the United States far across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. The students of Osaka University of Tourism introduce Japanese culture in English in the Guide-Interpreting Study class. I feel comfortable to see the students who practice the spirit of fostering “talented personnel promoting globalization with Japanese cross-cultural mind.”

SATO Sosho, First Degree Instructor, Urasenke Chado