Chadō (茶道) "Tea Tranquility"
Mood: Sit upon the mats, the bowl in your hands, the warmth of the tea seeping into your very soul.
Smells like: Ceremonial green tea and lemongrass with orange zest and floral musk.
Scent Strength: Medium
Flowers decorate the room open to the sun as you enter and settle upon the mats. Your host has set out the tea set and tools, moving with ease and practiced grace.
Upon the tray sit ceramic bowls painted with scenes of nature: bamboo groves, mountains, blossoms, and ocean waves. Each vessel is unique, a work of art.
Your host spoons the green powder into the bowl and pours the steaming water on top. With the tea whisk she expertly blends the powder to create a frothy liquid. She passes you the cup and instructs you in how to turn it to drink. The first sip warms you, bitter sweet and smooth. You smile, content.