2012/01/16

Big Tea Cup Ceremony

An annual event, ”O-chamori (Big tea cup) ceremony” at Saidaiji temple in Nara was held 15th of January, 2012. Visitors passed around a nice huge bowl of tea in turn and prayed for good health through the year.

The origin of the event backs to the 13th century. A Buddhist monk, who restored the temple, offered tea to the Buddhist deity and shared it to the visitors, then.

The size of the bowl is around 30cm in diameter and 5kilograms in weight. I wonder how many people can manage to hold it by themselves…