It is interesting to note that even before the Warlords and Elites of Japan embraced tea, it was an active, regular part of Zen rituals when monks drank tea to rejuvenate themselves for long hours of meditation. Tea is also served in the morning and evening in Vipassana Shivirs even today, wherein we are instructed to be alert and awake all the time even during our breakfast and meals.
A Japanese monk who travelled to China for studies and exploring the culture brought back with him the seeds of tea ceremony along with the seeds of tea plant in 11th century according to the sources available. The tea ceremony although a new concept was openly accepted by the elites, Royalties in Japan and many forms were adopted and explored to perfect zen, tea of art. It was a welcome gesture from a Geisha or a Maiko to the Lords in shivering wintery evenings.
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