Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tea ceremony

Eighty-one-year-old Aiko Somi Rodgers has been conducting Japanese tea ceremonies at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, for 30 years. She's seen a lot over the years. For instance:

When members of English royalty once were guests at a tea ceremony in Kyoto, Rodgers related, culture shock briefly roiled the atmosphere of harmony. "The queen made a face" after sipping her tea, Rodgers said, "because she was expecting milk and sugar." At subsequent ceremonies, Rodgers warned English visitors that the Japanese don't use milk or sugar in their tea.

—Mellow Monk


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