How To Behave In A Chinese Tea House
This video teaches you basic etiquette in a Chinese tea house. You will learn how to properly enjoy tea, including things that should not be done while in the tea house. You will also learn the proper way of thanking your host.
In this video, I'm going to show you how to behave in the Chinese tea house. In the Chinese tea house, we follow the Zen idealism of Ichigo Ichie. Ichigo Ichie means "one moment, one opportunity.
" It essentially means that the feeling you get now - this exact scenario that you have, this exact situation that you are in now - cannot be recreated. That, for once, you should treasure this situation by being harmonious, not talking about and not having violent arguments or objections. The other thing that one probably shouldn't do, unless you are really dissatisfied with the tea or the tea house service, is to lay out your tea pot in this matter.
By laying out the tea pot in this manner, you are telling the tea house you are very, very unhappy about the service, so try not to do it unless you are really unhappy. The other thing that one could do is to say thank you when your friend or the tea house master or artisan pours out tea. And it is this hand gesture.
You use two fingers to tap the table lightly. Two fingers or three fingers - the origin behind this fingers gesture is that there was once a very playful emperor and he liked to travel his own country, China. And as he travelled, he didn't want all of the fanfare that surrounds an emperor traveling.
So, he told his entourage that he would like to be traveling as a wealthy merchant. As a wealthy merchant traveling with an entourage, he said that in a certain scenario, he might pour tea for his entourage. But the entourage said, "No, no, that can't be done".
They could not accept tea being poured by the Son of Heaven. So, the emperor said, "Fine, I will still have to pour tea to you in some scenario, and you could thank me by doing a kowtow gesture using your fingers." And hence the three fingers, with this representing the head and this representing the limbs doing a kowtow gesture.
And over time, this has been reduced to two fingers. So, to say thank you when tea is being served, simply tap your fingers very lightly on the table two to three times. And this is how you can behave in a Chinese tea house. .