Tea ceremony is an art form that is still widely practiced in Japan. Besides learning from tea masters through instruction, many public schools still have after school clubs to teach tea ceremony to young women and men. The act of serving tea embodies the Japanese spirit of service and humility; the tools used in tea ceremony represent the Japanese practice of creating beauty in everyday objects. Tea ceremony is often a rigid and somber affair, making it difficult for Westerners to be comfortable participating in. But recently, some tea masters have created more casual tea ceremony practices to allow non-Japanese to enjoy it as well.

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