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Tea was first introduced to Japan along with Buddhism from China in the 6th century but the Emperor Shomu introduced tea drinking to the country During the Heian period 794-1185 tea was made from steamed and dried tea leaves ground into a powder called macha In the 15th century Juro Murata introduced many of the concepts of spirituality into tea ceremony including the special room only used for the chanoyuTea ceremonies were required to follow a certain order Zen Buddhist concepts in the tea ceremony were introduced by Sen no Rikyu a Japanese tea master During the second half of the 16th century Sen no Rikyu created the ceremony that is now practiced and taught in Japan called Chado He also designed a separate building for the ceremony based on a typical Japanese farmers hut He further formalized the tea ceremonys rules and identified the spirit of chanoyu with four basic Buddhist principles of harmony respect purity and tranquility They represent the ideals of the tea ceremony Sen no Rikyu believed that we could reach tranquillity in the mind after we achieved harmony respect and purityChado includes almost all aspects of Japanese culture For example flower arrangement ceramic calligraphy etc According to Hisamatsu Shinichi Chado is an incarnation of Buddhism That is not entirely true Not only Buddhism but also others including Taoism and Confucianism have influenced ChadoThe ceremony takes place in a room designed and designated for tea It is called the chacensoredsu Usually this room is inside the tea house away from the house in the garden The guests are brought into the waiting room Here the assistant to the host offers them the hot water which will be used to make tea While here the guests choose one of their group to act as the main guest The assistant then leads them to a garden They then sit on the waiting bench and wait for the host The host leads the assistant
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