The Tokyo grand tea ceremony held in Tokyo last October fascinates foreigners. The event, which teaches tourists the Japanese tea custom, was recognized as an autumn tradition. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Arts Council have been funding the event since 2008. Additionally, the ceremony has a place for indoor and outdoor activities prepared by the heads of tea ceremonies from several schools. An English guide conducted the event to help foreigners understand the explanations of the tea ceremony. Outdoor activities were the most popular for tourists.

Foreigners can also learn the basics of the tea ceremony and enjoy traditional cultures such as ikebana (flower arrangement) and kimono wearing. The organizer said that the tea ceremony is an art, and it desires to advertise art both in Japan and abroad. Also, its aim is to pass the harmonious spirit of the tea ceremony to future generations.