Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kuraude's B*Day - Japanese Tea Ceremony and Eko-Garden Düsseldorf

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

like last year, we celebrated Kuraude's birthday again in Düsseldorf. This year we had great-great weather and went to the Eko-Garten and took part in a japanese tea ceremony. First we strolled through the garden and enjoyed the beautiful view

Mochi, Don and Kuraude

sun is blinding me XD
At 2.00pm started our ceremony and we were introduced into the "Sadō" (茶道 / way of tea). We learned that tea ceremonies are held in traditional japanese rooms and that the ceremony itself consists of many rituals that have to be learned by "heart". The rite has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism. The green tea (Matcha) is first prepared by the host and then served to the guest. Additionally, some sweets will be give to the guest to balance the bitter taste of the tea.

A japanese tea ceremony is much more than only serving tea to ones guests. It is about art and aesthetics. The tea ceremony should be an "occasion" to bethink and appreciate one's life for the "simple" things: company of friends, the design of the tea room, the nice weather - simply a moment of pureness. Im lucky that I could finally take part of such a japanese tea ceremony. The ceremony is a interesting but seems to be also a deep topic for which you need to understand and learn a lot.

After the ceremony we went to the buddhism temple. What an impressive atmosphere we had in here:

Now time had come to enjoy the great weather by having a picnic (I was so hungry XD) and presenting Kuraude.

Kuraude, Mochi, Don, me and PrincessTenko.
The Eko Haus / Garden isn't that central located in Düsseldorf but it is worth a visit. Nowhere else in NRW you can enjoy such a japanese atmosphere and moreover, the Eko-Haus culture centre offers a quite wide range of culture and buddhist events. ^__^


  1. Oh, so wonderful place! You are so lucky girl dear! <3

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  2. Oh, so schön! :) Ich möchte da auch hin. ♥
    An einer Teezeremonie würde ich auch gerne mal teilnehmen. :3

    1. Es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Die Damen waren so freundlich und süß! ^__^

  3. Wow!! This is very nice to see "Japan" - outside of Japan!
    Very beautiful place! :)

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    1. Yes, you really should have a stay in Duesseldorf next time. Ive seen you went to Cologne. Duesseldorf isn't that far away from Cologne. ^^