Japanese pottery has been developing in close relation to other forms of Japanese culture, such as the tea ceremony which is often viewed as a synthetic form of Japanese art, bonsai as a garden based form of art in extreme artificiality, kaiseki as a demonstration of aesthetic harmony depicting the act of eating and the choice of containers for use in the process, as well as alongside Japan’s proud brewing techniques associated with sake production; a tipple that has now become popular worldwide. Do not miss enjoying any of these distinctive cultural aspects when traveling in Japan.Here we offer some itineraries which will give you a chance to experience some of these most traditional of Japanese cultural activities.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
It is a common misunderstanding that the Japanese tea ceremony is merely about preparing and enjoying tea in a certain ritualistic manner. The tea ceremony is a highly elaborate synthetic art involving different fields such as fine art, arts and crafts, poetry, Japanese paintings and calligraphy, Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), tea room architecture, garden design, kaiseki (Japanese full-course meals) and traditional confectionery.
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Bonsai – Japanese Garden Art
Bonsai refers to a potted plant, but it is not just cultivating plants and trees in a pot. Bonsai is a highly refined form of art and represents the dynamism of a natural landscape inside a tiny pot. It is recognised as an art-form that creates artificial beauty which should aim to look more natural than nature.
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