A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Hina Matsuri Event: Tea and Ikebana

Are you free on Sunday, March 2nd? Please join us for a “Hina” themed morning tea.

1. You can make (and take home) a spring flower arrangement. Mari will teach the class in English. The style is ‘casual ikebana’ with plum blossoms and seasonal flowers.

2. After flower arranging, everyone will enjoy tea made by Akiyo. You can try:

*Matcha – this is green powdered tea used in the tea ceremony. Akiyo will perform a casual tea ceremony and show you how to serve powdered green tea. She’ll explain the equipment used in the tea ceremony. The brand of tea we will try is from Kyoto.

*Sencha – leaf green tea. The brand we will try is from Chiran in Kagoshima, which is famous for tea growing. Chiran tea is quite difficult to buy in the Kanto area. (Not sold in Tsukuba at all.)

*Wagashi – Japanese sweets. There will be traditional dry sweets from Kamakura, and fresh sweets from an old style Tsukuba shop. Their sweets are very popular with older local residents and the shop is kind of a ‘hidden secret’!

Note: There will also be western style herb tea.

The cost for flower arranging and morning tea is 1,500yen. If you don’t want to make an arrangement, but want to join the morning tea, the cost is 500yen. (Limited to 5 seats for non-Japanese residents: students, researchers, etc.)

Date: Sunday, March 2nd
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Onogawa Community Center, cooking room
Cost: 1,500yen for materials
Bring: Strong scissors, bag to carry home your flower arrangement
Parking: There is a large free car park

If you don’t have a car, someone can pick you up from Tsukuba Center or Ninomiya.

A reservation is NECESSARY. (Please understand that we must buy the flowers and sweets before the day, so please don’t reserve then suddenly cancel.)

For more information, or to reserve a seat, please contact Andrea.

Mail: zakitakezono (at) yahoo (dot) com

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