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Miyajima Grand Tea Ceremony
April 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm¥15 - ¥3000
As part of the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of Itsukushima’s designation as a UNESCO World Hertitage Site, a large tea ceremony event will be held at 15 locations in the historical temple and shrine district. It’s a great opportunity to experience a wide range of the various schools and styles of tea ceremony in one fell swoop – not sure that’s in the spirit of the tradition, but why not go for it! The Hayami style ceremony, to be held at Tokuju-ji Temple, has an English explanation and there will be a couple of people there who will be able to guide non-Japanese speakers in basic English. At the other locations English speakers will likely have to just go with the flow.
- The tea ceremonies will be held 10am-3pm.
- A pass valid for all locations costs ¥3000 and can be purchased at the tourist office at Miyajima Ferry Terminal.
- You can pay as you go ¥500 at each venue.
- Zonko-ji temple(tea ceremony / Omotesenke tradition)
- Tokuju-ji temple(tea ceremony / Hayami tradition)
- Shinko-ji temple(tea ceremony / Yabunouchi tradition)
- Hoju-in temple(tea ceremony / Urasenke tradition)
- Komyo-in temple(Sencha,green tea / Nanso sencha tea ceremony and flower arrangement)
- Daigan-ji temple(Chinese tea / Reika Tachibana)
- Daisho-in temple tea room(tea ceremony / Sekisyu tradition)
- Daisho-in temple precinct yard(tea ceremony / Omotesenke tradition)
- Kinsuikan Villa(sencha,green tea / Sankitei Baisa school of sencha tea ceremony)
- Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto(tea ceremony / Urasenke tradition)
- Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto garden(tea ceremony / Mushanokojisenke tradition)
- Iwaso (black tea / Keiji Yuiyama)
- Iwaso gourd shaped seats at riverside(Chinese tea / Shiori Teramoto)
- Seminar house of Hiroshima University of Economics(tea ceremony / Ueda Soko tradition)residence of Yamamoto family(tea ceremony / Ueda Soko tradition)
Also check out the Koji-meguri temple and art walk currently being held on Miyajima.
The island is likely to be packed over Golden Week, so these events could be a good way to enjoy the lesser known and lesser visited parts of Miyajima. Taking public transport is also advised.