Tea cer­e­mony treat

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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