It was a big gathering of PJLA members during the Japanese Cooking and Tea Ceremony activity in February hosted by Madame Ihoko Haneda at the Ambassador’s Residence in Makati City. The activity featured Japanese guests who demonstrated “茶道” (Sadou) or tea ceremony and the different “和菓子” (Wagashi) or Japanese traditional sweets that are made by hand and usually enjoyed together with the tea.
During the demo, the ladies sampled different types of Wagashi based on the four seasons of Japan and learned the different steps and procedures involved in traditional tea ceremony such as cleaning the utensils and exchanging tea bowls.
“The tea ceremony was very formal, meaningful, and expressive of the Japanese culture,” said PJLA Adviser, Mrs. Herminia Alcasid. “The Japanese sweets were symbolic of the four seasons of Japan created artistically. It was an afternoon of learning experience!”