A tea ceremony is a ritualized form of making tea practiced in the Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures. Everyone should wear appropriate clothes to express respect for the ritual tradition.
- Japanese tea ceremonies strongly encourage the wearing of a kimono.
- Korean tea ceremony requires traditional dresses, blouses or pants.
- After a wedding, some Chinese tea ceremony will be performed. And guests observe the newlyweds presenting tea to elder relatives, as a sign of appreciation.
- A more relaxed tea ceremony may only need soft western clothing.
- Should you have any doubts, please ask the host of the ceremony.
Wear Formal Kimono
You should wear a formal kimono to Japanese tea ceremonies, unless the host says otherwise.
For example, straightening your kimono, or moving your sleeves. Guests wear lined kimonos in cold winter, and they wear unlined kimonos in warm months. Men wear kimonos without patterns, while women wear brighter kimono styles, according to the season.
Take off Your Shoes
When walking on a traditional Japanese tatami, or floor mat, you should take off your shoes.
Wash your feet and wear clean socks to the tea ceremony, for unwashed feet or dirty socks are considered taboo. Guests can also wear traditional white tabi or Japanese-style socks.
Wear Formal Western Clothing
In addition to kimono or other traditional outfits, guest can also wear formal western clothing with understated colors and conservative shapes to attend tea ceremonies. Do not wear jewelry, perfume and loud colors or patterns.