The studio is small and modest. I recommend you take a taxi there because I think it would be a little hard to find on your own. ( I took the train back to my hotel) A sweet lady helped me put on all the pieces that go under the kimono and then I chose a beautiful pink kimono from a selection of about 12 different colors and patterns. She fixed my hair in a simple updo and I picked what decoration I would like in my hair. Next, I met the lady who would be guiding me through the Tea Ceremony. She was excellent, patient and very knowledgable She talked about the history and beautiful custom surrounding the tea ceremony first. Then, she demonstrated how to purify the tools and perform the ceremony. We each had our own set of all the tools needed to perform the ceremony and she led me slowly through each step. It was lovely and tranquil. We had the traditional sweet ( yum) before the drinking tea we prepared. I enjoyed the whole experience very much and highly reocommend Meg-san as my teacher. You can take many pictures if you like and she let me keep my tabi socks as a souvenier!
To sum up my experience, it was a very short experience that lasted about an hour or so (including dressing up, the tea ceremony process and taking of photos). The lady who guided us through was very thorough and pleasant to be with. She was very nice and kind. I just wished the experience was longer.
I would highly recommend this tea ceremony experience. Maiyumi was an excellent tea master! She was very knowledgeable and experienced and carried out the rituals of the tea ceremony with practised grace and ease. I loved choosing my kimono. It was absolutely stunning and I felt very privileged to have the chance to wear one. The decoration in the tea room is beautiful, too. The staff here are gracious and welcoming. I have already recommended this to several friends planning trips to Japan.
Hi we enjoyed this trip and enjoyed dressing up . The setting and staff were lovely and friendly . It was meant to last 2 hours and we were finish in little over an hour . It was not very good value for money . More explanation about the history of the tea ceremony or Japanese culture would be good
Love love love the wearing of kimono! It was great going through the process as it gave me some clear idea oo this mysterious and beautiful art. Its almost like a ceremony in itself. Choosing kimono and being helped to dress up and also fix the hair was a precious experience. The tea ceremony was also very educational as weent through step by step and had some understanding on the process and the meaning/significance of each.
We had a great afternoon discovering the art of kimono and the art of tea ceremony. The staff and the tea master were so proud of what they were doing and eagerly explained everything in detail. We felt like we could stay there all day long. There were lots of chatting, lauging and photos though tea ceremony itself should be taken seriously and the photos should be kept minimum. Before and after we had a lot of time for pictures for sure. tea ceremony is the epitome of japanese culture and one would miss a lot leaving japan without any kind of cultural activity. We are so glad that we found Maikoya and epxerenced this event prvided by the friendliest people we met in Japan.
The experience was flawless and all the staff members made me feel as if I was participating in a very special event. I had to take off my shoes to enter this big house in which every floor has a unique atmosphere. Entering a Japanese style house made me feel very special. After I was greeted by a staff member in kimono our guide came over and kneeled in front of us before she introduced her self. The tea ceremony was unlike any other thing I have done in Japan, it was like half meditation and half cultural workshop led by a local master. We had to be quiet and carefully observe the master to learn how to prepare matcha on our own and drink the way Japanese people do. I always wanted to try kimono so it was great that I could wear kimono for the whole time. They allowed me to take many pictures and also sent me the pictures taken by a high resolution camera after I got back. I was also lucky that the staff answered all of my questions about what to do in Osaka. I made new friends and left the place with wonderful memories. I highy recommend this experience to everybody.