For the first time in my life, I am petrified by the prospect of having tea. I am in Koomon salon sat Tokyo’s Chou-Ku neighbourhood to watch a traditional tea ceremony called sado or chado (meaning ‘the tea way of life’). As my hostess shuffles into the room on her knees, everything I’ve read about how formal the Japanese are comes to mind and I’m hesitant to walk in. But Yukiko-san who has been running the salon for 18 years, instantly makes me feel welcome.
My story on the Japanese tea ceremony in the October issue of National Geographic Traveller – read the rest of the story here.