Tea was introduced to Japan from China in the 8th century and became popular among people of all social classes around the 14th century. The Japanese tea ceremony (茶道, sadō or chadō, "the way of tea" or 茶の湯, chanoyu, "hot water for tea") is the traditional and ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea. Through the process of preparing, serving and drinking tea, participants are able to remove themselves from everyday life. Mastering the art of serving tea can take years. Every movement is delicately coordinated and each item used is chosen for its beauty or individual characteristics. Simple objects become exquisite elements that bring beauty to the tea gathering and enrich the guests' experience.
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