Date: Saturday, January 25
Venue: Minato City Life-long Learning Center
A total of 37 attendees, including those from the U.S. and Kuwait, learned the traditional “M otenashi” entertaining spirit through experiencing the tea ceremony exercise.
The program proceeded as follows:
- How to walk, sit, stand up and bow
The basic manners in tea ceremony can be boiled down to decent and graceful behavior. All attendees were trained in this exercise.
- How to eat the “Hanabira Mochi,” a typical seasonal sweet to celebrate the New Year in Japan.
- How to drink weak tea
- How to fix tea
Attendees experienced fixing tea by themselves after observing the instructor’s demonstration.
Major comments from the participants’ opinionnaire:
- To fix “Matcha” green tea by myself was a precious experience. I also enjoyed interaction with foreigner participants.
- I felt the merit of Japanese culture in the way people express thankfulness.
- I appreciated the elaborate training in the basic tea serving manners.
- It was an enlightening and pleasant experience although a bit hard.
Impression of MUA staff:
We very much enjoyed seeing so many attendees experiencing the traditional Japanese culture in an amicable atmosphere.
(Written by HIRAKATA Kazuyo., Vice President, and translated by TANAHASHI Seiichi, the PR & Internet Committee)