Tea ceremony (Chado)




Deeply connected to Kanazawa's history

Cha-no-yu (Chado) is considered to have started in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). During the Sengoku period (1467-1568), Chado was one of the necessary accomplishments of a samurai warrior. Tea ceremonies were utilized as a symbol of samurai warriors’ power and prestige. They also served as a place to entertain their guests.

The first feudal lord, Maeda Toshiie, learned Chado from Sen-no-Rikyu, a great tea master, as well as Oda Urakusai, and helped develop Chado in the Kaga fiefdom. The third feudal lord, Maeda Toshitsune, invited Sen Soshitsu (Senso) of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony and took lessons from him. Thus the Urasenke school of tea ceremony has flourished in the Kaga fiefdom. When the fifth feudal lord, Maeda Tsunanori, governed Kanazawa, even artisans and townspeople enjoyed tea ceremony and acquired its etiquette.

In Kanazawa today, many people enjoy tea ceremony, taking lessons from tea masters of the Urasenke, Enshu and Sowa schools of tea ceremony. At historic buildings and gardens, various tea ceremonies are held all through the year.