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Japanese Culture Series 2017- Japanese Tea and Sweets

Students learn the four principles of Tea Ceremony (Harmony/ Respect/ Purity/ Tranquility)

By Sherry Wang, Japanese Program Rep.

Last year’s popular Japanese Tea and Sweets event was brought back again this year. This Japanese Culture event offered by the Japanese Program was held on Monday, March 20th, 2017 with about 30 attendees.

This event started off with a 45-minutes presentation by one of the Japanese instructors, Yoko Kodama. During her presentation, she briefly talked about the history of tea ceremony. The participants also were taught how to make Japanese tea, and the way to drink the tea and eat Japanese sweets (和菓子 wagashi). Interactive quizzes were also given to ensure that the participants understood the process of a Japanese tea ceremony.


Towards the end of the event, participants were given a chance to make tea for each other, and try some Japanese tea and sweets themselves. This activity meant a more hands-on experience, and gave the participants a feel for the Japanese tea ceremony.

This fourth event of the Japanese Culture Series 2017 was organized by the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.