Join in tea ceremonies

In September and October, large-scale tea ceremonies will be held at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Hama-rikyu Gardens as part of an event called Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2013.

The event is being jointly held by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee to introduce tea culture and the culture of Edo (Tokyo) to overseas visitors and people who are unfamiliar with the tradition. The event brings together various styles of Japanese tea ceremony.

For example, an authentic tea ceremony called “chaseki,” an outdoor-style tea ceremony called “nodate” and a tea class for beginners will be held at both venues. At Hama-rikyu Gardens, the ceremonial manners of the “nodate” will be explained in English, and at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, a new program geared toward children will allow them to experience the rituals of the tea ceremony.

On Sept. 28 and 29, the ceremonies will be held at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in the Tokyo suburb of Koganei, and on Oct. 12 and 13, it will be held at Hama-rikyu Gardens in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. At both venues, each day there will be two sessions, morning and afternoon.

To join in the events, prior application is required. To apply and for more information, visit www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2013.jp .

The application deadline is Aug. 31.

Grand whisky tasting

MHD Moet Hennessy Diageo, the global importer and distributor of liqueurs, will hold a whisky tasting party called MHD Grand Malt Tasting 2013 at the Shoto Gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Sept. 5.

This is the third event following its popular debut in 2011. Whisky from 12 breweries, including Talisker, Glenmorangie and Dalwhinnie, can be enjoyed.

Special guests Bill Lumsden from Glenmorangie and Ardbeg and Donald Colville, a global malt ambassador from Diageo, will attend the event.

Advanced reservations are required through www.gmt2013.jp . Admission will be ¥3,000 for men, ¥2,500 for women and ¥5,000 for a pair (a man and a woman). Doors will open from 7 p.m. and the event will end at 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gmt2013.jp .

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