As part of Aid For Japan’s fundraising initiatives, Akemi Solloway stages Japanese cultural events throughout the year. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is always a popular event, with Akemi explaining the history of the tradition, which dates back to the 15th Century.
Earlier this month, she presented a Tea Ceremony event at a yoga instructor’s house in leafy Maida Vale. As well as talking about the ceremony’s origins, Akemi also demonstrated how to drink the powdered tea (macha) in the traditional manner. Japanese sweets and other refreshments were also available for attendees.
Akemi also provided the opportunity for the guests to try on a yukata (a light, casual wear kimono).
The attendees enjoyed themselves, while also learning a little about Japanese culture. Meanwhile, the funds raised will help Aid For Japan to continue its charitable works with the orphans of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.
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Thanks to Angela Shaffer for the photos.