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Virtual tea ceremony for teams and groups via ZOOM
Tea Ceremony Experience Online by Maikoya
Tea: the world’s favorite drink. Nobody celebrates this beverage more artistically and beautifully than the Japanese.
Gaining an insight into the centuries-old tea-drinking culture so intrinsic to their life remains a must-try experience. In the COVID-19 era, perhaps even more so.
NOW – direct from Kyoto – Maikoya makes it happen!
Team-building through Tea has already proved a game changer for many multinationals, just some of which include Uber, Unilever, Gucci, ExxonMobil and so on.
Bring your company colleagues, groups, and teams along for a relaxing and enjoyable journey of discovery. Perfect for those newly on board! A ZOOM session no-one will want to miss. Universities, companies, groups and more.
Collectively embrace a virtual and visual feast. Our kimono-clad instructor shows how to make the perfect bowl of powdered green tea and sheds light on this unique and treasured tradition.
If you have any questions, just send us an email at email@example.com with the title: Online Reservation. We get back to you within 12 hours.
Maikoya is the only culture-focused team building company in Japan that served thousands of guests from worldwide companies including but not limited to Uber, Unilever, Gucci, ExxonMobile and more. We offer Japanese team building events in Tokyo for organizations interested in unique team bonding activities either online or offline. We are also the largest cultural experience provider in Japan with 4 physical locations including a full-fledged museum. We put a lot of effort into preparation, so you can rest assured that the Japan related team work activity will be popular among your team members.
How to Book our Online Tea Ceremony
- Step 1: Please reserve via this page. We will send you a confirmation email.
- Step 2: We will email you a link to the online video call 24 hours prior to your meeting. Just click on the link at your reserved time slot and enjoy the experience!
* Please always reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
* Feel free to share the zoom link with immediate friends and family but not publicly.
* We ask for your cooperation in refraining from recording the zoom session in full. (Partial recording is acceptable.)
Or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title: Online Reservation. We get back to you within 12 hours.
Recommended Tools and Ingredients for Participants (OPTIONAL)
Preparing the following is ideal but if you don’t have them to hand, worry not.
The teacher will make all arrangements accordingly.
- A tea bowl. Or, if you have no tea bowl available, simply use a bowl from your kitchen
8-20 cm in diameter (any medium-sized bowl is OK)
- Hot water in a thermos flask or container
- Matcha powder OR any teabag – including regular black teabags
- Anything sweet (e.g. a small dessert, cookie) on a small plate
- A handkerchief
Notes on Reserving Your Tea Ceremony Online
Reservable time slots are Japanese Standard Time (use https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com to work out the best time for your location).
Please join the meeting using a device with a video camera and microphone (iPhone, MacBook, Airbook, webcam, etc.).
The teacher has to prepare for your meeting by wearing a kimono and setting up the tea ceremony room, which takes hours. She also has to arrange her schedule in advance.
Please therefore acknowledge that a cancellation fee applies if you are unable to participate in the meeting.
For your reassurance, check our glowing references and reviews below.
Please kindly remember that
- Maikoya was one of the pioneering institutions in Japan to provide online cultural experiences that have attracted media coverage
- Maikoya is the largest experience provider of its kind in Japan, with branches in three major cities and catering to over 100,000 guests
- Maikoya is the ONLY three-time consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner in its category in Japan
- Maikoya is the only traditional tea ceremony venue in Japan to have earned over 2500 five-star reviews on Google and other platforms
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IncludedOnline Tea Ceremony
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.
Our address is Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanocho, 565-4 JP Take Exit 9 at the Kawaramachi Station google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is email@example.com
*** Please let us know the gender ratio and if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Do you accept walk-ins?Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
Do I need to wear a kimono?Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair?Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
What is the etiquette for tea ceremony?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have kimonos for kids?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have plus size kimonos?Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?Yes! you can walk outside with additional fee JPY1000 by 6 pm!
Do you provide any hairdo services?Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?Yes we do.
Where can I buy a kimono?We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.