Featuring a walking path along seasonally blooming flora leading to one of the oldest tea houses in Japan, the 400-year old ceremony at Gyokusen-en is a definitive Japanese tradition, requiring 20-30 years of training to be considered skilled. "The ceremony itself has a ritualistic flow and every gesture has a meaning," says Ripert. "I find it to be a very meditative experience."

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