A tea ceremony – more than just an old ritual

 

The japanese ambassador H.E. Takeshi Nakane invited the Ambassadors Club with its president, Mania Feilcke-Dierck, to a traditional tea ceremony in his residence. Among the ambassadors has been H.E. Yin Yin Myint (ambassador of Myanmar), H.E. Dr. Kaja Tael (ambassador of Estonia), H.E. Margaret Jobson (ambassador of Jamaika) und H.E. Clémentine Shakembo Kamanga (ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Kongo). Also several distinguished ladies from the society followed the invitation, among them Tini Gräfin Rothkirch (chairmwoman of the horse racing club Hoppegarten), Christina Rieß (CEO A/Square GmbH) as well as the doctors Dr. Sigrid Streletzki und Dr. Ingo Groth-Fromm.

The tea ceremony is a century old tradition within the japanese culture and is very beloved also in these days. Literally translated is it the „tea way“, which is closer to the original sense. It is not about doing a ceremony or a ritual, it is a way of life. The four principles harmony, respect, purity and silence have a great role.

The participants have been very impressed by the athmosphere and the impact of such a tea ceremony. On extremely stressful days it helps to refind the own inner peace.

Text: Martin Hoeck
Photos: Agentur Baganz