Chakai (tea gathering)

Tea gatherings were originally called chaji, which are held for just a few guests and feature kaiseki (chnoyu cuisine), thick tea and thin tea. This is the most formal kind of chanoyu entertainment. In recent years many guests are invited together and just thin tea (or sometimes thick tea) and tea sweets are served at large-scale gatherings. The word chakai usually refers to this type of tea gathering, to distinguish it from chaji.

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