Traditional Arts Workshop: The Koto, Ikebana, and Tea Ceremony

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TUJ students entering a traditional Japanese home in Ogikubo, Tokyo Japan for the Traditional Arts Workshop.

TUJ students entering a traditional Japanese home in Ogikubo, Tokyo Japan for the Traditional Arts Workshop.

The traditional Japanese home used for the Traditional Arts Workshop located in Ogikuro, Tokyo Japan.

The traditional Japanese home used for the Traditional Arts Workshop located in Ogikuro, Tokyo Japan.

The koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument.

The koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument.

TUJ students watch Ms. Akagi, the instructor of the Traditional Arts Workshop, as she trims flowers to a desired length in order to create a sense of balance.

TUJ students watch Ms. Akagi, the main instructor of the Traditional Arts Workshop, as she trims flowers to a desired length in order to create a sense of balance.

Ms. Akagi, sharing with TUJ students that she uses flowers freshly picked from her own garden to execute an ikebana.

Ms. Akagi used flowers freshly picked from her own garden to execute an ikebana.

TUJ students focusing on the ikebana demonstration.

TUJ students focusing on the ikebana demonstration.

The host explained and demonstrated the use of varying heights as well as a balanced color palette to TUJ students.

Ms. Akagi explained and demonstrated the use of varying heights as well as a balanced color palette to TUJ students.

The completed ikebana on display.

The completed ikebana on display.

A tea ceremony was performed by the hosts who presented matcha (powdered green tea) and various Japanese snacks.

A tea ceremony was performed by the hosts who presented matcha (powdered green tea) and various Japanese snacks.

TUJ student and one of the Traditional Arts Workshop instructors formally bowing to each other after tea is served during the tea ceremony.

TUJ student and one of the Traditional Arts Workshop instructors formally bowing to each other after tea is served during the tea ceremony.

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