Students embrace Japanese culture this International Day

Ancient customs were taught with a polite sip of tea.

In the Japanese room, Teachers Eri and Machiko Sensei taught students the importance of the ancient ritual of a tea ceremony, also known as Chadō. Machiko Sensei said the students experienced how Japanese people use non-verbal communication. 

“Chadō is not all about having tea, it is about the manners and behaviors of Japanese people, the importance of being humble and “omotenashi” hospitality spirit,” she said.

They use things like tea bowls, kakejiku scroll, seasonal flowers and sweets.

“They also practiced bowing and a few expressions used to serve and receive tea in Japanese,” she said.

“Then it was time for them to be a host and guest of Chadō. Each student served sweets and whisked the green tea.

“They made sure to bow to their guest as they served the tea, showing their omotenashi spirit. 

“The guests did not forget to say ‘osakini’ (Pardon me, I am having before you) and ‘itadakimasu’, (I will partake with my gratitude.)

Over in the arts room, Director of Art and Design Craig Malyon and Michael Bullingham demonstrated the art of tea cup making with a pottery class.

Students displayed patience and skill as they carefully created their cups to perfection using the wheel.

 In the calligraphy workshop, guest speaker Raphael spoke to students about the use of whole arm motions.

Students learnt to write the words mountain, flower, fire, water, the sun, the moon, Japan and a heart.