Here’s a list of beautiful gifts for that person who is into Zen living and enjoy drinking Japanese tea. The gift ideas in this post are related to Japanese tea drinking and the tea ceremony.
Tea ceremony or sado (茶道) is a traditional way of preparing, serving, and drinking matcha (green tea). Sado is strongly influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism. It has its aesthetic that involves the principles of “wabi” and “sabi”. The traditional sado is not merely about drinking tea, it is a spiritual experience that represents harmony, purity, tranquility, and balance.
Below, we have provided a list of chadogu (tea equipment) of different designs fit for different season/ occasion and other related gift ideas for non-ceremonial use. Check out below for more details.
(P/S: This article is a little long as we give many examples. You may also click on the images for more details)
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Japanese Tea Lovers Gift Ideas
Cast Iron Teapot
The teapot is used to heat up water for making tea. Japanese cast iron teapot, called tetsubin, is an important part of the traditional tea ceremony. You can use it to heat up water using a charcoal fire or on a stovetop. There are many patterns and designs available. Often, simple style with traditional Japanese design looks the best.
Clay/ Porcelain Teapot
Perfect for making sencha, hojicha, bancha, or other Japanese tea.
2. Tea Bowl
Tea bowl is used as a container to hold hot water where green tea powder is whisked into a thin paste. Tea bowl is available in different styles and sizes. Shallow bowls allow tea to cool rapidly (fit for summer) and deep bowls allow tea to stay warm longer (fit for winter).
Teacups are not used in the traditional tea ceremony as it is too small to whisk the green tea. It is great for drinking sencha and other teas.
4. Tea Set
A beautiful tea set is perfect for tea lovers. The teapot comes with matching teacups so it looks nice as a gift.
5. Tea Whisk & Tea Scoop
The tea whisk is used to whisk the tea and tea scoop is used to scoop out the tea in correct proportion. Both are made of bamboo.
Japanese Zen Decorations
6. Flower Arrangement
Container for Flower Arrangement
Chabana (simple flower arrangement ) is an important element of the decorations for a tea ceremony. You can choose a container made of metal, ceramic, bamboo, or basket form.
7. Hanging Scroll
Scroll with a chosen theme associated with a particular tea gathering plays a central role in a tea ceremony. You can get a calligraphic scroll with words fit for a theme or a scroll that features a painting of landscape like mountain or waterfall.
Tea-Related and Zen Living Books
Books are always a great gift idea. You can get a book about the way of tea or philosophy of Zen Buddhism.
8. Books for Tea Lovers
9. Other Light Reading Materials
Other than tea-related books, you can also get some light readings for the tea lovers.
10. Relaxing Music CD
Listen to a piece of soothing music while enjoying a cup of delicious tea. That’s the best thing you can do in the afternoon.
That concludes our list of 10 Zen Gifts for Tea Lovers. Thanks for reading!
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