Ikebana is a traditional Japanese art. The general style is to fill a wide-mouthed, simple vase with water, and place flowers on the kenzan, a plate with a lot of thick needles pointing upwards. Students of the Ikebana Class of the Ibaraki International Association Tsukuba Office will be displaying their works of art in the Tsukuba Information Center. You will be able to have a look at many fascinating arrangements by the students who come from around the world.
Dates: September 13 (Sat.) 10:00 to 16:00
September 14 (Sun.) 10:00 to 15:00
Chanoyu (the way of tea) is the traditional etiquette of preparing and drinking tea when one has guests. In the tea ceremony, a special powdered tea, different from ordinary Japanese tea, is used. The powdered tea is put into a special teacup, hot water is poured into it, and it is whipped with a bamboo whisk till it foams. Students of Chanoyu Class will offer you this special green tea along with sweets for free.
Date: September 14 (Sun.) 10:00 to 14:00
Do you know about any traditional games played by Japanese children? Many children used to play "hanetsuki", a kind of badminton, "koma", a spinning top, or "takoage", kite flying on New Year's Day, though they are not as popular nowadays. Other games include "ayatori", a game using a looped string around one's fingers, "otedama", beanbag tossing, and "origami", folded paper. Among them, origami is a simple but very creative activity in which a piece of square paper is folded into various forms, such as animals, boxes, and vehicles. If you have not tried origami yet, why not come along and start with a simple figure? You can take your works home and show them to your family.
Date: September 24 (Wed.) 14:00 to 16:00
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The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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