My Life at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong 2011-2013

Journey to Japan

My roomie Catherine just got this new blue-grey, super fluffy carpet for her corner, so this afternoon, when our Firstyears had left for camp, we chilled a bit on it with some other Secondyears. We talked about our new rooms and Orientation week so far, and we had a Japanese tea ceremony! Catherine is really into Japan and even speaks the language, so this was a lot of fun. Of course, we did not complete the ceremony in the exact right way – for example, we didn’t have Japanese sweets before we drank the tea, but ate some wonderful nut chocolate! – but we followed most other parts of the ritual. First, you bow to each other, then you place the cup into your left hand and hold it with the right one. Before you drink the bitter tea, you have to turn the cup three times clockwise. And the last sip needs a very loud slurp attached to it, so that everybody can hear that you enjoyed the tea. The small ceremony was very sweet and relaxing and a wonderful interruption to the stressful, hectic life we are having nowadays during O-Week … 

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