On February 26 our Japanese guests Midori Yamada and his assistant organized a traditional Japanese tea party ceremony with its special features. Sensey Midori prepared tea from special welding and plants, brought from Japan, and his assistant, explaining the symbol of the ceremony, was treating the visitors. The event is initiated by the Japanese embassy in Russian Federation and YSU International Cooperation Administration.
It was interesting to learn that not everyone can prepare tea in Japan: here the one, who has got the experience of many years (10-15), is required. Japanese women had no right to prepare tea before 15-16 centuries: it used to be mens monopoly. And in modern times, much money is required to organize tea party, if, for example, we take into consideration just the handmade tableware.
This sphere is one of the most important in Japanese culture and it is some kind of communication with his/her roots and background for each Japanese man or woman. Much time and love are required to become skillful in this ceremony, - said Mrs. Madori, who has got 30 years old experience of tutoring the tea preparation.
And February 27 was devoted to Japanese ikebana. First it was spoken about its role and place in Japanese culture, then Sensey Midori started to make compositions from flowers, explaining the combinations of colors and flowers. Then the visitors joined our Japanese guests, and Mrs. Midori �was asking for advices� regarding the usage of this or that detail. In the evening the tea party was continued.