The reason why the door (not seen in this picture, but very low to the ground so you had to crawl into it) is so small is because in the Edo period, samurai would come to tea houses. Their swords couldn't fit through the tiny door. They weren't allowed to bring their swords in, so they had to leave them outside because inside everyone had to be equals.
We ate small, extremely sweet cakes made of red bean paste and followed it up with bitter tea. The mixture was very good! The second dessert was a little candy that looked like fireworks but was solid sugar on the inside. It was too sweet for me but I ate the whole thing so I would be respectful. :) Then we had another cup of bitter tea. Before picking up the tea, you have to ask the person to your right if they have drunk enough already, because the person on the right is the most respected. Then you say to the person on your left that you will respectfully have tea first. When you receive tea, you have to rotate the cup clockwise so the design is facing your guests, then bow to the tea because it is an expensive and sacred herb. Then you take one sip and tell the tea master that it tastes very good. Then you can drink the rest. I really loved the ceremony, but it was so hard to remember the phrases! They were in highly respectful Japanese, which uses different verb patterns than common Japanese.
The flowers were picked from the mountains that morning and our teacher told us before the ceremony that the tiny cakes were each like $10, very pricey. Everything was so perfect. :D
Ethan always steals my pictures for his blog so I'm going to steal his paragraph about the tea ceremony: "The Japanese tea ceremony is really complex and has a lot of rules and movements according to the formality of the situation. In Japan, some women will spend their whole lives studying and performing them. The woman who served us today has been practicing it for around 50 years and it definitely showed. All her movements in making and serving the tea looked really precise and rehearsed. Not only that but the tea she made was really good ha. Unfortunately, they made it a bit sweeter than they normally do since they have the belief that foreigners don’t like it so bitter but I would have preferred that. Still good though. The room itself was small as it usually is and we had to enter through a small hole in the wall. This was based on tradition as back in the day, it was meant to prevent the entrance of katana swords. Also you are supposed to take off jewelry and such because in the tea ceremony everyone is supposed to be equals. So all of that was cool."
At home I had a little bit of a rough night and then talked to my mom on Skype. I was so sick but we talked for a long time on the phone even though I wanted to sleep. Then I went to bed!