We’ve prepared activities that will allow you to experience the culture and spirit of Japan. We’ve selected things that you are likely familiar with, including the tea ceremony, sake, the “furoshiki,” or wrapping cloth which is very popular as a souvenir, and traditional Japanese confectioneries to enable you to comfortably enjoy this cultural experience.
”Chanoyu,” the ritual for serving and drinking Japanese tea (a procedure to learn at the table)
You can learn the basic rules of behavior for the tea ceremony, such as the proper way to drink tea and enjoy confectioneries, in a relaxing and enjoyable manner.
By performing the tea ceremony, you will come to understand the essential elements of the ceremony and how they are embedded in the daily lives of Japanese people – it’s an opportunity to gain an awareness of things that we don’t see on a daily basis.
The nurturing of Japanese culture through sake “Sake” is a Japanese word that is immediately recognizable to many people overseas. While sampling sake along with some snacks, learn about the background behind the birth of sake, the special characteristics defined by season and climate, manufacturing methods, and the different types of sake resulting from differences in the maturation process.
Furoshiki – A gift that warms the heart The “furoshiki,” a single layer of cloth, has been in existence for more than a thousand years. Through “culture wrapped in a furoshiki,” in addition to learning about the Japanese ideas of beauty and courtesy, you can also experience the proper furoshiki wrapping technique. We also provide you with a furoshiki to take with you as a memento.
Making seasonal Japanese confectioneries The sensitivity of Japanese people and their respect for the seasons is evident in traditional Japanese confectioneries. Trying your hand at actually making confectioneries, touching them and sampling them is a great way to experience Japanese culture.