Happy July 1st, families! Only a few more days until our reunion! Today, after our PM language class, our very own Hanako Senpai graciously gave us a PowerPoint presentation, and then performed an authentic Japanese tea ceremony for everyone. The presentation provided a brief history on the practice, some influential figures, and supplies that are used. Hanako Senpai also discussed the tea ceremonies' connection to Zen Buddhism and the different principles of tea, like tranquility, or jaku, and purity, or sei. One student, Conner, said that his favorite part of the tea ceremony was “the tradition, politeness, formality, and patience.” The tea ceremony is a tradition that has been heavily preserved and passed down through many generations, and we were so lucky to have experienced a part of that history.
Big thanks to Hanako Senpai for hosting the tea ceremony! おつかれさまです!! (otsukaresama desu! A job well done!)