Tea Ceremony A Beautiful Success

On October 27, 2009, an authentic tea ceremony was presented by Ms. Susan Capley, head of the Educational Program for the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

The ceremony began at 6:00 p.m. with Mrs. Akama, Mrs. Arimura, Mrs. Izumi and Mrs. Yano conducting the beautiful and highly stylized tea ceremony as almost 30 guests looked on.  The tea house of the Japanese Garden was illuminated, and in the glow of a glorious red sunset presented a background that was truly magical.

Tea and sweets were served individually to everyone present.  Mrs. Arimura explained the history and protocol of the tea ceremony, while Mrs. Yano demonstrated and prepared tea.  The ceremony was enjoyed by everyone and the ladies who performed were given an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end.

After the ceremony, Dr. Jack Strong, president of the Japanese Garden Society, and Robin Tanner, our landscape designer, led a tour of the garden at sunset.  We hope in the future to be able to present additional cultural events like this one.

Here are some pictures from this unique event:

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