Middle School classes were then also able to experience a Japanese Tea Ceremony together. Coco and her mother shared the traditional culture that best represents Japanese hospitality.
Each movement of the intricate tea procedure has the style like a ballet dance.
The students first tasted some prepared tea and then observed Coco while she performed the ceremony, making more tea for some special guests.
She started with purifying the tea container. This action is symbolic of self- purification as well as an act of dedication to the guests.
Next, Coco softened the whisk she would stir the tea with. The green powder is then added, as well as hot water. The tea with ‘fluffy bubbles’ is ready!
Coco turned the tea bowl so that the front of it is facing the guest when serving it.
This is an expression of the hospitality.
The tea bowls had beautiful patterns.By turning the bowl in a specific way, Coco showed the best view of it to the guest.
The guests then were then able to drink the tea. There are manners as to how the guests should drink the tea as well. Lastly, when the host replaces all the utensils to the original position, it is suggested that the host will be ready to welcome the guests again.
The host and the guests then bow in unison.
The students appeared enthralled watching Coco and her mother perform this beautiful ceremony. A huge thank you to them for sharing this with the MS students. Also, thank you to Rinna and Honoka, for also helping with the ceremony.