This bamboo matcha whisk (4 1/2" ht, 100 strips) is perfect for preparing matcha green tea by the ancient art of the Japanese tea ceremony. The Japanese tea ceremony is a ritual rooted in Zen Buddhism in which matcha is prepared and served to guests in a calm and tranquil environment. In Japan, the host performs the tea ceremony wearing a kimono on a tatami, or woven straw mat. A formal tea ceremony can take up to 5 hours may include serving sweets and other food in addition to matcha. The following are instructions on performing your own Japanese tea ceremony: Step 1: Pour warm water into a matcha bowl. Step 2: Empty the bowl of the warm water and add in 2 scoops of matcha powder. Step 3: Add warm water into the matcha bowl. Step 4: Using this matcha whisk, briskly whisk the matcha powder and the water together until the tea becomes lightly frothy. Step 5: Remove the whisk and hold the matcha bowl with both hands. Turn the bowl counter-clock wise twice and serve to guest.