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Okinawa “Buku Buku” Tea Ceremony

Note: This page is from a previous year’s HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market event, please see our schedule for an up-to-date list of performances and activities.

OkRyukyu Teainawa is a unique and quite mysterious place within Japan, with a distinct culture and proud heritage of its own. Fortunately, to share some of Okinawa’s unique culture, the “Ryukyu Buku Buku Tea Ceremony Akeshinono Kai” association will be taking to the J-Culture stage for a demonstration of Okinawa’s unique tea ceremony. Distinctly unique from Japanese tea ceremony, this is an opportunity seldom chanced upon outside Japan – seldom witnessed even within Japan.

Okinawan buku buku tea differs from Japanese tea both in taste and appearance. Consisting of a blend of green tea and jasmine tea, it is much more mild than the somewhat bitter tea drunken in Japanese tea ceremony. Visually stunning, buku buku tea has a mound of white froth, made from roasted rice and water, towering above the cup. While the result looks more like a sundae than a cup of tea, it is a pleasant and mild drink. Witness the beautiful outfits worn by practitioners of Ryukyu buku buku tea as they go about the precise steps required to make this most unusual yet most fantastic drink.

Ryukyu Buku Buku Tea Ceremony Akeshinono Kai
Ms. Yukiko Raho has been a member of the Ryukyu Buku Buku Tea Ceremony Akeshinono Kai since 2008, and has since then participated in numerous Okinawa Day festivals where she demonstrated Ryukyu tea ceremony in front of appreciative crowds. Currently active in setting up the London branch of the Akeshinono Kai, Ms. Raho is slowly yet surely introducing the UK to the delights of Ryukyu tea, one cup at a time.