When I first arrived to Japan I attended a typical Japanese tea ceremony. Known in Japan as chanoyu (茶の湯) or chado (茶道), it is a ritual that has its origins in Zen Buddhism. The preparation is very laborious and some very strict steps must be followed. Even the angle in which things are placed is important. It’s also curious the fact that the ritual changes depending on the season. It is said that you need several years to learn all the steps in the tea ceremony. For those of you who want to know all the details, nothing better than the article in Wikipedia.