A tea practitioner is familiar with the production and types of tea, with kimono, calligraphy, flower arranging, ceramics, incense and a wide range of other disciplines and traditional arts in addition to his or her school’s tea practices. For this reason, the study of tea ceremony takes many years and often lasts a lifetime for many. Even to participate as a guest in a formal tea ceremony requires knowledge of sado, including the prescribed gestures and phrases expected of guests, and the proper way to take tea and sweets, and general deportment in the tea room.
Wearing a traditional Japanese kimono, Witherspoon was taught the tea-making procedure in which powdered green tea, or matcha, is ceremonially prepared and served to others. The Legally Blonde star is an Avon Global Ambassador promoting women’s health and safety, a project supported by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).