Autumn 2015 – Welcome Tea Ceremony in Kyushu University

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こんにちは みんなさん!

This post tells about my experience in Welcome Tea Ceremony held by Kyushu University last Friday (30th October 2015).

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Japanese green tea or matcha. I think everyone knows what it is. The most famous authentic flavor from Japan which already become a trademark.

So in the beginning of every semester, International students have chance to learn about the culture and essence of Japanese tea ceremony or 茶の湯 in Japanese. We also have a chance to participate as a volunteer who serves tea and sweets to the guests. The biggest advantage of a volunteer is getting to wear a yukata^^ So I immediately register because I really want to wear a yukata in the event. Of course, this is an opportunity that I wouldn’t miss. Haha…

Btw, some of these photos belongs to my dear friend Annelies that kindly took many pictures during the ceremony. Thank you very much, Anne!^^ You completed my blog.

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There is a small corner where the guests can learn how to prepare matcha in the tea ceremony.
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This is the main hall for the ceremony. The volunteers take turns to serve.
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In the back stage: so many foamy and fluffy matcha^^
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Sweet candies that accompany the matcha. It looks like a siomay, but inside was adzuki bean paste.

And yes it was worth it. Not only I can wear a yukata, I also tried to make the matcha using the traditional way, and coincidentally served tea for the vice president of Kyushu University. Hopefully I got the sentence correctly (it was in Japanese, I don’t know it was pronounced correctly or not.. haaha). Otherwise I hope he didn’t remember my face XD

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Here I am with my labmate, Lili-senpai
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With the other volunteers, most of them are from China
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With a Filipine girl who also just come to Japan this semester.
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I tried making matcha in the backstage. 😀

It was a memorable memory. I hope someday my friends also take that chance, maybe on the next semester^^

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Thank you for reading^^

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