This event features diverse programs including
open-air "nodate" tea gathering that beginners can comfortably participate in,
and an Outdoor Tea Gathering in English for foreigners.
The Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony was started in 2008 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) for the purpose of widely disseminating Japanese traditional culture at home and abroad, and passing down its fundamental spirit of harmony to future generations. So far this event has been held twelve times, and received about 230,000 visitors. Nowadays this popular event is considered the signature event of fall in Tokyo by the locals.