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  After Settled Down in Guestroom
Tea and Sweets Served with Utmost Hospitality

Nakai-san, a room maid

Shortly after you have been shown into the guestroom and given time to settle down, the Nakai-san in charge will bring a serving of tea and sweets(Chaka or Wagashi). The practice of serving tea and sweets to guests as a gesture of hospitality is not something special to ryokans but is a daily custom which is deeply rooted in Japan. The custom of preparing tea when entertaining a guest has its origins in the art of sado (tea ceremony), and is an expression of welcome.

Once the tea and sweets have been served, the Nakai-san will enter into conversation with you, confirming the time for serving meals and providing local information. This series of actions will be carried out by the Nakai-san in a half-sitting posture (chugoshi), but she will sit straight (seiza) when making her initial greetings and also when conversing or taking leave.

Illustration : ENTERING THE ROOM(PDF: 0.9 MB)

Tea and sweets served with utmost hospitality   Manju, a steamed bean-jam bun   Japanese green tea

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