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Geisha Culture and Arts for Use at

Amatsu Okiya in Second Life

Minarai 5: TEA SERVE

music for this page: Three and Six.wma

Tao te Ching - 45

True perfection seems imperfect,

yet it is perfectly itself.

True fullness seems empty,

yet it is fully present.

True straightness seems crooked.

True wisdom seems foolish.

True art seems artless.

The Master allows things to happen.

She shapes events as they come.

She steps out of the way

and lets the Tao speak for itself.

a tea serve from Karate Kid and Youtube


The tea serve is one of the things you must do and pass on approval by your Oneesan if you have one and Okasan.

If you have not received a box of gestures that you can remake to your own style, ask for one. These have different stages of the tea service set up as an example for you. But of course you will want to make these chat the things that you want them to.

This lesson has three components

1. See the tea serve program on this page from YouTube

2. Know the difference between serving tea and performing a tea ceremony

3. Create your own notecard that you can use for "chatting" a tea service

4. Practice a tea service with one of your sisters and then for Okasan and a guest of her choice

The Implements of Tea Service

The implements used in the Japanese tea service are:

Chakin: a rectangle cloth napkin used for ritually wiping the tea bowl

Fukusa: a square silk cloth used for ritually cleaning the tea scoop and tea caddy and for handling the hot lids of the kettles. When not in use, the fukusa is tucked into the obi. It is generally a single color of orange or red for women's use or purple for men to use.

Hishaku (Ladle): this is a ladle with a long bamboo handle used to dip the hot water from the large iron pot and to pour it into the tea bowl

Tana (shelves): any bamboo or wooden furniture used in tea preparation - usually the tana is placed in front of the host/hostess and the implements of the tea service are placed on this

Chawan (tea bowl): there are many kinds of chawan - wide rimmed, thin bowls are used in the summer so the tea may cool more rapidly, taller, thicker bowls in the winter to retain the heat - the best bowls are thrown by hand - imperfections are prized and often shown off on the front of the bowl

Cha-ire and natsume (tea caddy): Tea caddies come in two basic styles - cha-ire is used for koicha and are usually tall and thin with ivory lids, natsume used for usucha are short with a flat lid and rounded bottom and generally are made of lacquered wood.

Chashaku (tea scoop): while different styles and colors may be used, the chashaku is generally a single piece of bamboo or other wood, or may be made of ivory - it is used to transfer the tea from the tea caddy to the tea bowl.

Chasen (whisk): Tea whisks are carved from a single piece of bamboo

All implements used in the tea service are treated with the utmost care and respect. Some are only handled with gloved hands.

An excellent resource

Please also refer to this site for information about Japanese Tea Ceremony

Why do we learn this?

The Tea Serve is a wonderful way to provide a relaxing atmosphere to someone and helping them to feel like the special person they really are.

By crafting your chat, you can deliver an illusion of reality to the virtual world. Your beauty and charm will create entertainment that is personal and intimate and a moment that your client(s) will always fondly remember.

1. Serve tea to your Oneesan or Okaasan - remember to document the entire conversation in a note card if you are in Second LIfe - you may do more than one.. practice as much as you can!

2. Prepare for your Misedashi - be thinking of date and time when you will be putting on your public performance and be registered as Official Amatsu Maiko!