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Explore Zen spirit

Tokyo, Japan

Experience hosted by Makiko

3 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 6 people
Includes drinks, tickets, and equipment

What you'll do

We start with a Noh workshop. Noh is recognized by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. The workshop will be led by Jun Otomo,a professional Noh actor in the Hosho-ryu style. He will explain various points that will help you enjoy Noh performances on stage. You will also learn basic movements of Noh dance and have an opportunity to examine a valuable Noh mask and learn to hold a Noh fan. This will help you feel what it is like to be a Noh actor. The workshop is designed to be insightful – and fun!
Next, you will participate in a Zen tea ceremony as practiced by samurais since the 16th century. We will focus on the spirit of “Wa-Kei-Sei-Jyaku” (和敬静寂), which is the essence of the tea ceremony and also underlies many other Japanese traditions. As you enjoy your green tea and sweets, you will experience a very special sensation of peace and tranquility.
We will also explain the history of Noh and the tea ceremony and the Zen way of thinking that inspires them.
The workshop and tea ceremony take place in an elegant traditional building located in a beautiful Japanese garden dating from the Edo period. It is an oasis of beauty and peacefulness in the heart of Tokyo.
Other things to note
Please be sure to wear socks or bring them with you to wear in the traditional room.
We start with a Noh workshop. Noh is recognized by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. The workshop will be led by Jun Otomo,a professional Noh actor in the Hosho-ryu style. He will explain various points that will help you enjoy Noh performances on stage. You will also learn basic movements of Noh dance and have an opportunity to examine a valuable Noh mask and learn to hold a Noh fan. This will help you feel what it is like…

What's included

  • Drinks
    green tea & sweets
  • Tickets
    some documents about Noh, tea ceremony and garden
  • Equipment
    Fan

Meet your host, Makiko

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Jun-sensei:
Professional Noh principal actor in the Hosho-ryu style. He has been performing on the Noh stage for over 30 years and holds the “Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Japan” award.

Makiko:
Has been practicing the tea ceremony and Ikebana since childhood. She used to run her own ikebana studio. She later moved to the Netherlands, where she lived for seven years and devoted herself to introducing the tea ceremony and ikebana to people from around the world. She is now a certified city guide at Bunkyo City, Tokyo, and Rikugien Garden and is studying Noh under Jun-sensei.
Jun-sensei:
Professional Noh principal actor in the Hosho-ryu style. He has been performing on the Noh stage for over 30 years and holds the “Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Japan” award.

Makiko:
Has been practicing the tea ceremony and Ikebana since childhood. She used to run her own ikebana studio. She later moved to the Netherlands, where she lived for seven years and devoted herself to introducing the tea ceremony and ikebana to people from around the world. She…
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Where you'll be

The workshop and tea ceremony are held at Shoseikaku, an elegant traditional building beside a pond in the Higo-Hosokawa Garden, where samurai feudal lords had their houses in the Edo period. We will also walk along the Kanda River and visit the Sekiguchi Basho-an, where the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho lived. This little-known area will surprise you with its natural charm and tranquility.
Amanda
March 2019
Great, unique experience with a professional Noh actor and knowledgeable friendly guides to local Tokyo history. You won’t find a Noh workshop anywhere else. Ask Jun sensei about local performances at his school to see ancient Noh theatre when you can! Makiko is a wonderful guide!
Great, unique experience with a professional Noh actor and knowledgeable friendly guides to local Tokyo history. You won’t find a Noh workshop anywhere else. Ask Jun sensei about l…
Takako
September 2018
I joined this tour to learn how to express and explain Japanese traditional culture in English as I am Japanese. Even for Japanese people, we rarely have an opportunity to wear a Noh mask and to listen to Noh recitation so closely. The guide, Makiko, was in a beautiful kimono and she was such an elegant graceful lady with a deep knowledge of Japanese history and culture. I highly recommend this experience if you want to expose yourself to authentic Japanese culture.
I joined this tour to learn how to express and explain Japanese traditional culture in English as I am Japanese. Even for Japanese people, we rarely have an opportunity to wear a…
Marilyn
September 2018
This was my third tour with Makiko's in less than 2 weeks! I keep coming back for more:). As excellent as the first two were, this one was my most cherished of all. How fortunate I was to be able to experience an authentic Traditional Tea Ceremony with Makiko, who has been practicing the ceremony since she was a child. It was a Zen ceremony that was practiced by the samurais back in the 16th century, so its historic significance is quite special. Makiko was dressed in a beautiful, elegant kimono, and, in watching her gentle, very thoughtful and deliberate movements during the ceremony, I felt as though I had slipped into a meditation, as a feeling of peace and well-being washed over me. In addition to this beautiful ceremony was a Noh workshop with the well respected Noh actor, Jun Otomo. I gained respect, appreciation and a greater understand of the art of Noh theater and am now looking forward to a time when I can experience it in full. Thank you Makiko and Jun for this very memorable morning.
This was my third tour with Makiko's in less than 2 weeks! I keep coming back for more:). As excellent as the first two were, this one was my most cherished of all. How fortunat…
Patrick & Nathalie
July 2018
Makiko-san and Jun-san offered us a wonderful traditional Japanese experience. It was very easy to meet Makiko-san at the station. First, the tea ceremony was an extraordinary moment that connected us with Japanese culture in a peaceful, friendly and fun atmosphere. Makiko being very warm and open-minded made this activity very rewarding and pleasant. She explained us the traditions of the tea ceremony in a fascinating and informative way. We had a wonderful time watching our hosts gently perform the ceremony. They spoke a very good English, and did explain all the details so that we could reproduce the ceremony ourselves and prepare the macha tea. Then, the moment with Jun was unforgettable. He is a great Noh master and a living treasure of Japanese Noh art, and we felt honoured to receive his teaching, realising the unique chance we had. We could practice some Noh movements and gestures on tatami and wear original masks . It was fun, original and very informative at the same time and Makiko was always willing to help us communicate and to translate and explain everything. We warmly recommend this activity to travelers who really seek to discover the ancient traditions of Japan and get a deeper contact with the country. This will have been the highlight of our journey and could very well be yours.
Makiko-san and Jun-san offered us a wonderful traditional Japanese experience. It was very easy to meet Makiko-san at the station. First, the tea ceremony was an extraordinary m…
Joanna
May 2018
This is an exceptional experience offered by Jun-sensei, Makiko-san and her lovely associates. It gently introduces you into the world of Zen values which shape Japan's society to this day. It does so through direct contact with samurai favourite past times such as Noh, Tea ceremony and gardens. It starts with a great overview of the origins of Edo, as well as with interesting detail on the Kando river and the area you are visiting. There are some magical places in the itinerary, including beautiful Bashoan and the water shrine. The following Tea ceremony provides a perfect introduction for newbies such as myself, where all the steps are thoroughly explained and at no point you feel left on your own. The Noh workshop is the wonderful highlight of the day. First you learn about the origins and different schools of this art discipline. Then Jun-sensei takes the lead and explains all of the intricacies and symbolism of different Noh elements. The part where you yourself perform adds so much insight into the movement and gestures. It is a very interesting and enjoyable experience. The final walk around the garden provides a perfect finale. I enjoyed my time during the workshop very much. It's invaluable if you're interested in Japanese culture.
This is an exceptional experience offered by Jun-sensei, Makiko-san and her lovely associates. It gently introduces you into the world of Zen values which shape Japan's society to…
Chris
April 2018
What a great experience! Fantastic host and such beautiful locations. Every question I had about the culture was answered. I didn't know what to expect from the noh part of the experience but it was both fun and beautiful. Thank you so much!
What a great experience! Fantastic host and such beautiful locations. Every question I had about the culture was answered. I didn't know what to expect from the noh part of the exp…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

own socks