Closing Look: The Way of Tea

Hope shared a unique opportunity to observe the Japanese Tea Ceremony on June 8 during a return visit by Ikuko Okada of Kawasaki, Japan, who attended the college in 1975-76 and during May Terms in 2006 and this spring. She has been trained and licensed in the centuries-long tradition by the Urasenke International Association of Tea, which seeks to build worldwide understanding and appreciation of the ceremony so that “the Way of Tea’s” spirit — symbolized by the ideals of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility — can help bring true peace to all.

Photo by Jon Lundstrom