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Tea in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Tea Fate

  2. The Way of Tea

  3. Tea

  4. Tea Pot

  5. Wa Kei Sei Jaku

  6. Camellia

Tea Fate

China chá yuán
Tea Fate Vertical Wall Scroll

茶緣 is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate" but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. 茶緣 is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.

The Way of Tea

China chá dào
Japan cha dou
The Way of Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

茶道 means The Way of Tea (literally, "tea way") in Chinese and Japanese.

This may refer to a tea ceremony or a general lifestyle of tea preparing and drinking.

In Japanese, this can be pronounced sadō or chadō (seems that sadō refers more often to a tea ceremony, and chadō when it's the Way of Tea).

茶道 is also used in Buddhist context with the same meaning of the Way of Tea.


China chá
Japan cha
Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

茶 means tea. It can refer to prepared tea (ready-to-drink) or to dry tea leaves.

The origin of tea is China but the same character is used in Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja with the exact same meaning. Japanese and Korean even borrowed the pronunciation from Chinese (pronounced "cha" in all three languages).

It's said that an early doctor (or herbologist) in ancient China kept poisoning himself as he tried different new herb concoctions. He invented tea as a means to detoxify himself as he recovered from 1 of the 76 times he nearly poisoned himself to death. Tea is seen not just as a drink but as a form of medicine used to remove impurities from the body.

The word "chai" (used in many languages to refer to various teas) is derived from this Chinese word.

茶 also means camellia, as Asian teas are often based on the leaves of camellia plant varieties.


China tí yà
Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

提亞 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Tea. 提亞 is the name of Greek origin, pronounced "TAY-ah." Not like the drink!

Tea Pot

China chá hú
Japan cha tsubo
Tea Pot Vertical Wall Scroll

茶壺 is the Chinese, and Japanese Kanji for teapot or "tea pot."

Wa Kei Sei Jaku

Japan wa kei sei jaku
Wa Kei Sei Jaku Vertical Wall Scroll

Wa, Kei, Sei, Jaku are the principles of the way of tea or 茶道.

The meanings are:
Harmony 和 (wa).
Respect 敬 (kei).
Purity 清 (sei).
Tranquility 寂 (jaku).

These principles or tenets were created by tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591). More about these ideas: Chanoyu


Japan kameria
Camellia Vertical Wall Scroll

カメリア is the name Camellia written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

This sounds like Camellia, but does not mean the camellia plant or leaf.

Instead of these characters, you may want to go with the name of the plant. Of course, camellia also means tea, as varieties of camellia plants provide the leaves for many kinds of Chinese and Japanese teas.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tea Fate茶緣
chá yuán / cha2 yuan2 / cha yuan / chayuanch`a yüan / chayüan / cha yüan
The Way of Tea茶道cha dou / chadou / cha do / chadochá dào / cha2 dao4 / cha dao / chadaoch`a tao / chatao / cha tao
Teachachá / cha2 / chach`a / cha
tí yà / ti2 ya4 / ti ya / tiyat`i ya / tiya / ti ya
Tea Pot茶壺
cha tsubo / chatsubochá hú / cha2 hu2 / cha hu / chahuch`a hu / chahu / cha hu
Wa Kei Sei Jaku和敬清寂wa kei sei jaku
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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