The monthly 'coffee hour' at the Tsukuba Information Center will take a new twist as it will focus on the tea ceremony. On top of that 'twist' will be another, as the 'chado' will be demonstrated by a Bulgarian!. Ms. Rumiana Nishimura hails from Bulgaria, but as the last name implies, is married to a Japanese and is living in Japan. She first became acquainted with 'chado' right here in Tsukuba at the Information Center's 'Chanoyu' class several years ago. She became fascinated with the deep meanings associated with it and spent a year in Kyoto at Urasenke to become proficient in the art.
Chado (literally, 'the way of tea') is a well-known part of Japanese culture, but few Japanese know enough about it to really explain it properly (even in Japanese). Thus, this will be a rare opportunity to learn about one of the most beautiful aspects of Japanese culture from someone who has learned it from a foreignerŐs perspective. The program begins at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 27 on the second floor of the Information Center (next to Nova Hall), and lasts until 4 pm. You are, of course, free to come and go as you please. The program will include a chado demonstration.
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