Saturday, 3rd September 2011 10:00am – 16:00pm
Large Meeting Room
6 St. Albans Street
London SW1Y 4SQ
£30.00 including lunch and materials
Booking Deadline 26th August 2011
This is your opportunity to try for yourself a selection of Japanese cultural traditions!
The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Mrs Taeko Fujii from Kyoto, to lead a special Japanese Cultural Experience Day. Mrs Fujii is a tea ceremony and ikebana instructor, belonging to the Urasenke International Association and the Ikenobo school. She teaches aspects of Japanese culture at Wakayama University and other institutions and, as an instructor for WAK Japan Co., she coordinates programmes enabling foreign travellers to experience Japanese cultural traditions.
10:30 ~ 12:00 Ikebana Workshop: become an artist with flowers!
12:00 ~ 13:00 Lunch (Japanese obento)
13:00 ~ 14:00 Japanese Bookbinding Workshop
14:00 ~ 15:30 Tea Ceremony – a practical workshop
In tandem with the practical workshop experience, Taeko Fujii will explain aspects of Japanese culture which underpin these traditions.
Ikebana is very different from the Western art of flower arranging. The tools it requires are flowers, a container and your own ability to create form. This lesson will give you an introduction to the basics of ikebana.
Traditionally, Japanese books are not bound using glue, but are stitched. Can you tell where the binding thread begins and ends? How do you hide joins in the thread? Unfamiliar even to many Japanese people, here is your chance to learn the techniques of watojibon.
Tea ceremony is frequently spoken of as a ‘complete art’. In just a moment, cha no yu helps you to escape from the cares of everyday life. The flavour of the tea depends on how it is made. This introductory session will give you the chance to make tea and to appreciate its flavours.
The event is open to beginners as well as those with prior experience. Japanese nationals are also welcome. Numbers are strictly limited, so please hurry to reserve your place. When booking, please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements