This Tuesday morning will be a Special day at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Hawaii
For the first time ever, a Japanese tea ceremony will be performed at the USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center in order to act as a gesture of reconciliation between the U.S. and Japan.
The ceremony has been organized with the help of Jean Ariyoshi, wife of former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi. Genshitsu Sen, an 88-year-old grand tea master, will be performing the ceremony. Sen, who leads the Urasenke School of Tea, served in World War II in the Japanese naval air force. It is expected that there will be
Two Pearl Harbor survivors at the ceremony on Tuesday
Urasenke School of Tea’s Hawaii chapter is celebrating its 60th
anniversary this year. The Japanese tea ceremony, which descends from the practice of Zen Buddhism, involves the choreographed ritual of mixing hot water and green tea in a ceramic bowl. While the process is not strictly about drinking tea, nonetheless, the host pours a cup of tea for each guest.
Even though the ceremony is not open to the public, a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial
is the most popular thing to do in Oahu.
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