Exploring Japanese rituals

Year 9 Japanese Language students recently enjoyed learning about the ancient Japanese ritual of sadou, the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

IGS Languages Teacher Eri Sensei conducted the Tea Ceremony, where she taught students not just the specific spoken language involved but the actual rituals. 

These included the levels of bowing, the use of non-verbal communication and the importance of the aesthetic of the tea and the sweets.

“The Tea Ceremony is a wellbeing ritual that calms the mind and soothes the soul. It represents purity, tranquility, respect and harmony and a lot of preparation goes into this ritual,” IGS Teacher Lucy Sensei said.

“Today was an example of how inextricably culture is linked with language. It was wonderful for the students to be so engaged in this activity and is a fabulous way to end the term. Thanks Eri Sensei!”