At the Japanese Friendship Garden, as you pass through a gate on your way toward an authentic Japanese teahouse, you are supposed to shed a little more of your worldly cares in favor of a more serene, calm self.
The ancient art of Chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, is performed on the second Saturday of each month at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Five tea presentations are performed each day, with eight to nine guests per ceremony, so reservations are required. The cost is $20 per person and includes admission to the garden. During the ceremony, in which each moment is choreographed with moves that date back to the 11th century, a tea master will serve to you a cup of matcha green tea. Think of it as time travel for the Zen master in you.