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Discover the Authenticity of West Tokyo Through Tea Picking and Pottery Making
For Muslim travelers who increasingly seek unique and culturally immersive experiences in Japan, Tokyo has emerged as a captivating destination offering a plethora of cultural gems.
Today we unveil two enriching Muslim-friendly experiences in the western part of Tokyo: pottery making and tea picking! These lesser-known activities with a deep connection to Japanese culture promise unforgettable memories for those seeking an authentic and hands-on cultural experience.
Tea Picking: Immerse Yourself in Japanese Tea Culture
Prepare to be surprised as we unveil a lesser-known tea-picking experience right here in Tokyo! While many associate tea picking with major tea-producing regions like Shizuoka Prefecture, you’ll be delighted to discover that even Tokyo boasts its serene tea farm.
Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of Japanese tea culture amidst the tranquil landscapes of western Tokyo. With expert guidance from knowledgeable tea masters, explore lush tea fields and unveil the secrets of cultivating the finest tea leaves.
The ideal time for tea picking is in May when the tea leaves are at their best. Learn the art of selecting the top bud and counting down four leaves before delicately plucking them. Once you’ve gathered these fresh tea leaves, the guide will teach you how to transform them into tea ready to be brewed (a day for green tea, and two days experience for thicker tea such as black tea and oolong tea).
Nothing can compare to the exquisite flavor and aroma of tea made from freshly picked leaves, especially when you’ve had a hand in the process!
This Muslim-friendly activity offers more than just a glimpse into the time-honored traditions of tea cultivation; it also provides a peaceful escape from the bustling city. Engage in the meditative art of tea picking, gain insights into the intricate tea production process, and savor the delightful freshness of authentic Japanese tea.
Pottery Making: Unleash Your Creativity
Experience the ancient art of pottery making in the picturesque surroundings of western Tokyo. Immerse yourself in a world of clay, craftsmanship, and creativity, where you can mold and shape your unique ceramic masterpiece.
Led by skilled artisans who explain each process step by step kindly, this Muslim-friendly pottery workshop provides a comfortable environment where you can freely express your artistic side. The pottery you made needs to be baked and dried for about a month, so you can have your masterpiece sent carefully direct to your home (accept international shipping).
Crafting pottery requires skill, speed, and precision, making it challenging. Yet, this process allows us to appreciate the essence of “beauty in imperfection,” known as wabi-sabi in Japanese, a concept deeply rooted in Japanese culture.
It refers to the belief that flaws and imperfections can enhance the overall beauty of an object or experience. This philosophy can be observed in various aspects of Japanese life, including art, design, and traditional crafts like pottery.
Whether a beginner or a seasoned artist, this hands-on experience will leave you with a treasured keepsake and a profound appreciation for Japanese artistry.
Prayer and Halal Foods
While the western part of Tokyo may not have as many halal food options as the central areas, fret not! We recommend visiting local supermarkets where you can find suitable food options such as onigiri or salad. This also presents a unique opportunity for travelers to experience the charm of Japan’s local supermarkets.
For prayer, we use quiet and clean spaces within the workshop or a peaceful terrace next to a transparent river, offering a soothing natural ambiance where you can pray while serenading by nature’s tranquil sounds.
Embracing the Experiences
Prepare to unwind, reconnect with nature, and delve into an authentic Japanese adventure!
Each experience is thoughtfully designed to provide you with a private and personalized journey, tailored to your interests in an intimate setting. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Halal Travel Japan and embark on these incredible experiences!
Starting from 10,000~15,000 yen per person per experience.