Tea Ceremony by Tanko Kai
Masaye Okano Sosei Nakagawa provided narration as the tea ceremony took place, explaining the movements and sharing unique facts. The host (Teishu) was Haruko Nagai and the guest (Kyaku/Shokyaku) was Jennifer Altman.
While matching themes or materials are generally avoided, they can appear for special events like this where three tools used in the tea ceremony had a cherry theme, including a bamboo chashaku (tea scoop) that was covered in cherry bark.
I was surprised to learn that nijiriguchi, the short tea room doorway that must be entered by kneeling, is only used in 4 1/2 mat or smaller tea rooms.
The audience was treated to the same matcha used in the tea ceremony, Joraku from My Green Tea.
Uguisu-kai performed several beautiful songs as well as a traditional dance.
Okinawa Music and Dance
Okinawa Kenjin Kai and guests treated us to a lively taiko performance along with traditional Okinawan dance, song, and music performed on sanshin.