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Cherry Blossom Viewing Japanese Tea Ceremony at W&L

— by on March 26th, 2012

A Cherry Blossom Viewing Japanese Tea Ceremony will be held Sunday, April 1, at Washington and Lee University in the Senshin’an Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion on the W&L campus. Students will be doing ongoing demonstrations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The tea is free and open to the general public. The Washington and Lee University Tea Society will be hosting the ceremonies.

The ceremony also celebrates the blossoming of cherry trees around campus and commemorates the Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Cherry Trees from Japan to the U.S. in Washington, D.C.

The students will also share the newly acquired tea room name of Senshin’an (洗心庵) which was given to the tea room by Dr. Sen Genshitsu, 15th generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, and will welcome the public to view a display of tea utensils, which were given from Dr. Sen to promote an “understanding of Japanese culture at W&L and the exchange of culture between Japan and America.”

For more information, contact Janet Ikeda at 458-8936, ikedaj@wlu.edu

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