Thursday, January 13, 2005

My first real tea ceremony

On Monday (which was Coming of Age Day in Japan - yet another public holiday) I attended my first real tea ceremony. I've been going to the tea ceremony club at school for months, but this was the real thing. It was the first tea ceremony of the year, which is known as a "Hatsugama", and it was held in Ota, the next town over from Asahi. I was a bit nervous, as it was a bit more formal than I thought it would be - the local mayor even turned up to give a speech. Luckily though everyone was very indulgent with me - they even let me sit cross-legged when my knees began to ache. Actually, I think some of the blokes were relieved to see me do this, because as soon as I sat cross-legged about four or five of them did the same!


Blogger Christopher said...

Lewis, I envy you for the opportunity you have to experience the Japanese culture in such an intimate fashion. I've read several of your posts and I find them to be very interesting as well as educational!

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