Tea ceremony treat
An authentic traditional Japanese tea ceremony was held at Kirkcudbright Galleries to coincide with its ongoing Japan: Art and Inspiration exhibition.
The Galleries welcomed Urasenke Japanese tea master Mio Shudo and colleagues Rumi McIntyre and Hiromi Moffat to take participants through the ceremony process.
The capacity event saw participants seated around the centre of the room, with the tatami mat in the middle.
Members of the audience were given the opportunity to make their own matcha green tea, being guided on whisking the powder before adding the hot water.
Live traditional songs and music from Hiromi on the shamisen guitar accompanied the ritual.
Councillor Andy Ferguson, chairman of the communities committee, said: “It was a unique experience, which adds to the authenticity of the Japan: Art and Inspiration Exhibition.
“It was great that Mio, Rumi and Hiromi had a chance to visit the exhibition themselves as they recognised many of the artefacts and thoroughly enjoyed witnessing Japanese and Scottish connections in art.”
Mio said: “To have the opportunity to bring and share a traditional Urasenke Chado Japanese tea ceremony to the Kirkcudbright Galleries was very much a joy for us.
“Within the precise and simple tea ceremony is a gift to Kirkcudbright and this is a ‘cup of peace and tranquillity’.
“Sharing, respecting and learning from each other’s cultures is an essential part of peace making.
“The essence of the Japanese tea ceremony is hospitality with the intention of providing an unforgettable experience that can never be repeated and is very much being in the now.
“In Japanese this is understood as ‘ichi go ichi e’ – a once in a life time meeting.”
The Japan: Art and Inspiration exhibition runs until June 9.
Tea time Mio Shudo and Rumi McIntyre perform the ceremony to the music of Hiromi Moffat