Japanese traditions. What better way to know them? Through food!!! Every year since I joined the Ikebana class in Seishincho Community Center, I always look forward to attending the New Year Tea Party hosted by our sensei or teacher. Aside from having a more casual time with my other colleagues, I also learn a lot about Japanese traditions from our sensei. Although I have already attended a tea ceremony before during my stay in Tsurumi, I still learned a lot about Japanese tea ceremony from our tea party. Our sensei demonstrated the proper way of mixing the tea and drinking from the cup. For this year’s party, I learned another Japanese tradition related to New Year or Oshogatsu. She prepared some food that are traditionally served during New Year here in Japan. She personally made the dishes which made them extra special. (Please click here to read my blog about New Year traditions.)
I really like spending time with our sensei because I learn a lot from her not only Ikebana techniques but also different Japanese traditions. Sometimes after our special class, she would even teach how to prepare some Japanese food.
There was also a time when me and another foreigner student went with her to Asakusa to visit Sensoji Temple. It was a total different experience despite the numerous times that I have been there because she told us stories of how the place looks like during the early times, most of which are personal stories from her childhood. (Please click here to see my blog about Asakusa.)