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A woman wearing kimono performs a tea ceremony. Visible in the image are the kettle, the ro, and the tea bowl. The object at the far right of the image is a bamboo marker which marks the seating position of the host. Photo by Stephane D'Alu

Japanese tea ceremony

This year, Le Petit Festival du Théâtre 2012 starts the first day with a Japanese tea ceremony.
Invited guests and our artists will be present and the general public is also welcome to join us at this memorial event.

The Tea Ceremony will be performed by Yumiko Safa and Kyoko Krill from Japan
and starts June 19 at 21.00 at venue Lazareti.
Namiko Gahier Ogawa will be presenting several surprises dedicated to our guest of honor Japan
You are very welcome!

IKEBANA (Flower Arrangement)

When Buddhism reached Japan in 7th century as part of buddhist practice, Ikebana also came to Japan. Offering flower to Buddha is a worship.
Ikebana (flower arrangement) started by the priests and since then classical style of Ikebana developed in the mid 15th century among to the Japanese society.
The Spiritual aspect of ikebana is important.
From the practices in silence we learn patience, tolerance to others and appreciation to the great nature.

Ikebana means giving life to the flower and it always has heaven, earth and man.
Every one can start to take Ikebana into your daily life. It is easy, what we need is just silence and put yourself with the flower in to the nature.
Let overlook our busy live through the Ikebana this time.

SADO (Tea Ceremony)

Tea was brought to Japan in 9th century by the Japanese buddhist monk Eichu from China. He served to emperor and history of Japanese tea started.
(the custom of drinking tea was first for medicinal reason though, then for pleasurable reasons widespread throughout China).

We have 2 kind of tea,
one is grounded green tea and the other is unground green tea.
Grounded tea powder was first used in religious ritual in Buddhist monasteries then it became status symbol among the warrior class in 13th century.
Japanese tea ceremony evolved its own aesthetic in particular that of WABI-SABI.
WABI means the inner, sober refinement, simplicity,mellow beauty, restraint
SABI means worn and considered as spiritual awakening or unpolished selves was honored as a man.
Additionally these concept was influenced with ZEN in 15th century. We can see our tea ceremony concept started here.

Through the spiritual practice, we can learn harmony, respect, purity and tranquility.
Now more than 20 different tea ceremony schools in Japan are active.
However, I believe, most important thing is first start to drink Japanese tea with joy.