After my lovely visit to the garden and temple, our group was off to the World O-Cha (Tea) Festival 2010. This festival is only held once every three years. It was a conglomerate of tea buyers and sellers from all over the world. It was fun to be a part of such a global tea experience. Here is the entrance to the festival with people rushing about anxious to see this year's teas and new products.
Different tea ceremonies were held in front of the large tea calligraphy wall. I was honored to be asked to be a part of a Chinese oolong ceremony with this young woman. I was thrilled to be a part of it.
The dinner was a wonderful way to close the trip. I feel so blessed to have gone to Japan and hope you have enjoying following my journey in tea! In the next blog, I will share some of my reflections about the trip along with some cultural differences I found interesting.
Happy Sipping, Lisa