Sado (tea ceremony) is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking tea, which usually uses matcha, a green tea powder. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism. The essence of the Japanese tea ceremony is reflected in its 4 main principles: harmony (with other people and with nature), respect (of others), purity (of the mind and the senses) and tranquility (peace of mind and appreciation of nature's abundance).
Kinkakuji, Kyoto, Japan
The white heron (shirasagi) dancer at Senso-ji temple, Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan. The colourful flower hairpins that decorate the hair of maiko (apprentice geisha) are known as hana kanzashi. These flower ornaments change monthly to express the season. Mamehana wears a kanzashi of wisteria flowers for May.