It's a tradition
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and cultivate an inner peace at Kaji Aso Studio, a serene spot in Boston that offers classes in Japanese poetry, art, calligraphy, ceramics, and more. In the basement of the center you'll find a traditional Japanese tea house, the House of Flower Wind, built by the center's founder, Kaji Aso. The tea house hosts weekly traditional tea ceremonies, where you can nibble on cake and chat with other guests. If you're interested in learning the ancient art of tea preparation, House of Flower Wind also offers an eight-week apprenticeship for $295. $30 for tea ceremony, Sundays from 4-6 p.m.; 40 St. Stephen St., 617-247-1719, www.kajiasostudio.com.