Tea Ceremony- After class activity! 茶道教室

中秋の名月と呼ばれる今日、日本らしく放課後アクティビティは「茶道教室」をしました!
Today is the “Harvest Moon” day in Japan! We wanted to something very “Japanese”, so we had the Tea Ceremony class for the after-class activity!
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畳の上で正座をする習慣はとても日本らしいですね。みなさん、御多分に漏れず、正座をすることは慣れていないようで、足が痛い!足が痛い!と言いながらも笑顔にあふれとても楽しい時間をすごしました。
It is a really Japanese way to sit “Seiza” style. Everyone was saying “Oh,my legs hurt” with big smiles!

お茶菓子を懐紙にとるだけでも、お箸の持ち方や挨拶などたくさんのルールがあってみなさんびっくり!
They were surprised that there were many rules and manners just to pick up Japanese sweets at the Tea Ceremony.

特に、留学生のみなさんから笑いが起こった茶道のマナーは、飲み終わる時に「ずずずっ!」と音を立てる事!茶道の世界では「お茶がとてもおいしかったから、足りないよー!もっと飲みたいよー!」という合図なのです。この説明をするとみなさん納得して「ずずずっ!」と音を立てていましたが、確かにほとんどの国ではマナー違反ですね!

They laughed especially a lot when they knew they had to make the noise “Zuzuzuzu!” when they finish sipping the Matcha green tea. Actually this noise implies “the tea is very tasty and it’s not enough, I want to have more!”. This noise shows your respect towards the host of the tea ceremony session! However, I know how you feel! Yes, it is a little bit “too” rude to make noise when you drink tea in most countries!

みなさん、初めてなのに上手にお茶を立てることができましたね!ぜひ、国に帰ったらご家族・お友達にお茶を立ててあげてくださいね。

Everyone did a great job making Matcha green tea! Well done, guys!
Please make Matcha green tea for your family and friends back in your countries, and tell them about these “Funny” manners!

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