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Spring Japanese Tea Ceremony: Cherry Blossoms and Appreciation of Life

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM
- 06:00 AM

Location: Room 117, Humanities building

Cost: Minimum $5 donation at the door

Sponsor: The Japanese Program and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Contact: Midori McKeon, Professor of Japanese

Phone: (415) 338-1346

Japanese Tea Ceremony in the 400-year old Omotesenke tradition, performed by two certified tea teachers: Mrs.Eiko Mouri (Tea name: Souei) and Professor Midori McKeon (Tea name: Souzui), assisted by their students. This is the first time we hold a spring tea ceremony event. Cherry blossoms are Japan's national flowers. They have been featured in various Japanese arts as a metaphor of the spring season, the beauty of nature, and life's preciousness and ephemerality. This event's theme has been chosen not only as a celebration of the season but also as a prayer for those who perished in Japan's recent disaster. No need to make a reservation. Just walk in at your convenience between 12 noon and 6 p.m. or until our 100-gram supply of tea is exhausted, whichever is faster. So come early! You can choose between Western-style seats (on chairs) and Japanese-style seats (on tatami mats). Since we have Western-style seats, we can accommodate larger groups of guests than usual. If you would like to bring your class, please email in advance. This is one of the Japanese Program's fundraising events for Japan's disaster relief. Cash donations at the door: minimum $5 per person. Funds raised beyond the immediate costs will be sent from the SFSU Japanese Program to the Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese America Association) in San Francisco, which will directly send donations to disaster-stricken prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima.


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