The tea ceremony or Cha-no-yu was introduced into Japan, in the Muromachi period, the 15th century. Most people have heard of Sen no Rikyu, the famous tea master, who really influenced the tea ceremony we see today. Cha-no-yu is an art and appreciation of beauty shared amongst it's participants. It is infused with the same spirit of Zen that pervades many other Japanese crafts and arts. Contemplation and spiritual fulfillment are gained from the appreciation of all items used in the tea ceremony, Japanese garden landscape, the tea house, tea utensils, scroll painting, flower arrangement and ofcourse tea. Tea utensils are wonderful to collect for their diverse craft bases-ceramics, bamboo, wood each have their own asthetic charm. We hope you enjoy our selection.