The Brancoveanu Palace of Mogosoaia was the venue on Sunday of an event celebrating Japanese culture and traditions, including the tea ceremony, a recital of haiku poetry and a display of origami mastery.
As part of the first edition of the “World Cultures” event, the Cultural Centre ‘The Brancoveanu Palace at the Bucharest Gates’, the Bucharest City Hall and the ‘Pro Valores’ Associaton organized a “journey” to Japan which included lessons and shows of origami craftsmanship, Japanese tales and legends, a recital of haiku poetry, a tea ceremony and forays in the Japanese flower arrangement art – Ikebana.
The youngest visitors learned how to fold paper into bunnies at the origami workshop coordinated by instructor Corina Bratu, and the most beautifully crafted bunnies were awarded sweets and books.
The awards were presented by Japan’s Ambassador in Bucharest, Mr. Kisaburo Ishii, who also attended the tea ceremony and the haiku recital delivered by actress Andreea Stafie. The organizers explained that the haiku is a traditional Japanese form of verse, consisting of 17 syllables in three lines, containing at least one image or word as seasonal reference, usually on topics relating to nature, plants, flowers or insects.
The tea ceremony was officiated by Michiko Nojiri-sensei, a tea master based in Rome. She explained that the tea ceremony is very important in Japan because it aims to offer the guests a good tea than can be made only with “a heart at peace”. She added that in Japan the hosts do not talk much with the guests invited to tea, as they focus instead on the ceremony, which is a sign of “respect, purity and serenity.”