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Demonstration and workshop by Omotesenke style Chanoyu Club at Penn State

Event Date: 4/11/2023

Three teachers, Keiko Kitazawa from New Jersey, Hiroko Tamanaha from Maryland, and Stephanie Benefield from Virginia, traveled to Penn State University on Tuesday, the 11th of April, to meet Domonkai and Tea Institute at Penn State (TIPS) Member Mathew Koch and his fellow TIPS members for the fourth and last Japanese tea lesson of the semester. The TIPS club opened this lesson which focused on the theme of “chaji,” a meal followed by thick and thin tea, to guests from the University. From about 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Mathew gave a “chaji” PowerPoint presentation. Then, two TIPS Members dressed in kimonos acted as guests in the tatami room, demonstrating the procedures for enjoying the meal, followed by thin tea prepared by Mathew. While answering questions from the floor, the teachers and TIPS Members served tea and sweets to the 13 University guests who joined for the evening.


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