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Japanese bring tea ceremony to Taiwan to say thanks

2012/09/05 19:40:30

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Six Japanese nationals shared their country's tea-making rituals and other cultural customs with Taiwanese at an exhibition in Taichung Wednesday as a way of saying thanks for Taiwan's help after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March last year.

The Japanese instructors from Okinawa Prefecture are demonstrating cultural traditions related to kimonos, Japanese tea ceremonies, wagashi (sweet deserts) and pottery, said Yukino Obayashi, one of the organizers of the event.

The traditional arts masters paid their own way to participate in the design and lifestyle exhibition, which is being held by the Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Obayashi said.

As part of their efforts to thank Taiwan for its disaster assistance, the instructors will give visitors to the exhibition a chance to sample freshly made wagashis, participate in Japanese tea-making ceremonies, and learn how to wear kimonos, Obayashi said.

Taiwan donated about 20 billion yen (US$260.64 million) in cash, 90 percent of which came from private sector donations, to assist Japan after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit on March 11, 2011.

(By Chen Ching-ping and Hanna Liu)