Traditional Arts Workshop

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Yet again, the Office of Student Services at Temple University Japan organized another excellent event for students.

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The traditional arts workshop offered an array of Japanese customs. To begin, the lovely woman pictured below gave us a demonstration of ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement.

 

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Ikebana is a very philosophical tradition, emphasizing the beauty of the asymmetric and the changing of the seasons.

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The Japanese-style home we visited also offered an amazing set of painted screens. They were lovely!

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 Next, we were given a marvelous performance on the koto, a Japanese string instrument.

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The practice of the koto is truly unique. The performer presses on the strings to alternate between tones, creating an eerie and beautiful sound.

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All of a sudden, we were wearing kimonos! It was an adorable process as the sweet women picked out the colors of our arrangement and tied the obi.

 

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After being dressed, we practiced our calligraphy with traditional brushes and black ink. It’s harder than it looks!

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 Luckily, she was very patient and helped us write our names.

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 To conclude our lovely afternoon, we were shown the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. This is matcha, or powdered green tea that has been whisked with a bamboo tool in hot water. The frothiness was amazing.

 

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To accompany our tea, we were given traditional Japanese sweets for the spring season! They were all so delicious and sweet with the bitterness of the thick matcha.

 

 

 

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