Western Leader : March 10th 2011
16 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 10, 2011 NEWS Servicing your everyday needs. 24th February and 20th March THE ULTIMATE KIWI BACH WEEKEND YO RS R I L Y ALL Promotion period commences 9.00am Thursday 24 February and entries close 5.30pm Sunday 20 March 2011. Prize drawn Monday 21 March 2011. Retailers not included in the promotion are Lollipops Educare, ASB Bank, ANZ Bank, AMI Insurance, AA Insurance, State Insurance, KIPT Gift Cards, Ticketek and Promotional Leasing retailers. Terms and conditions apply which can be found on the back of the entr y form and customer service desk. 3540708AA TO HERE FROM HERE Titirangi Rd Rata St Totara Ave Great North Rd Great North Rd OSFM is now Cambridge Outlet Store. Same quality clothing, just a new name and a new home. You can now find us at: 3094 Great North Rd, New Lynn, Auckland (at Cambridge Clothing) Phone 09 825 0873 Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm Sat 9.30am - 4pm Time for a change! SUITING UP AT UNBELIEVABLE VALUE Get a FREE SHIRT when you purchase a two trouser suit from our separates range! Conditions apply, see in store for details. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Eftpos welcome Tea and flowers Japan Day focus Cultural ceremony: From left: Yoshie Miyazawa, Yoshiko Inamura, Sumi Iso, Kiyomi Bingley and Kumi Sekikawa share a hot drink as they practise the Japanese tea ceremony. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By KELSEY FLETCHER Special cultural tra- ditions will feature at the 10th annual Japan Day this weekend. This year the event, held at the ASB Showgrounds, will focus on two major activities -- ikebana or Japanese flower arrangements and the Japanese tea cer- emony which the public can experience. Japanese Society of Auckland chairman Masa Sekikawa says Japan Day is the biggest Japanese cultural event held in one day in New Zealand. More than 32,000 people attended the event last year. When we started in 2000 we had 1500 people come and this year I am hoping for 40,000,'' he says. The event will include kimono fitting, tutorials on how to grow bonsai and martial arts demonstrations. The art of mochi mak- ing -- or pounding rice to make rice cakes -- will also be on display. Mr Sekikawa says the aim of the event, which is hosted by the society, is to promote Japanese culture in New Zealand. The Japanese Society is a group of people who get together to keep our identity alive in New Zealand,'' he says. Kiyomi Bingley will be at Japan Day to demon- strate the tea ceremony to the public. She says tea was orig- inally brought to Japan in the ninth century by a Buddhist monk who had returned to Japan from China. It was very expensive and was generally only used by nobles for med- icinal purposes,'' she says. However, in the mid- 1500s Senno Rikyu created the tea ceremony that exists today. The proper process includes meals and has a theme which can reflect the current or upcoming season. There is one host who sits with the pot of tea and uses the wooden ladle to put tea into one beautifully made bowl. One guest is served at a time and care is taken to never drink from the front of the bowl. The bowl is an artform and can be very expensive,'' Ms Bingley says. Sumi Iso says the place of the ceremony is also carefully thought out with ceremonies often taking place at ser- ene locations. You need a pure mind to enjoy tea. The tea houses are normally small and beautiful,'' she says. Japan Day will be held at the ASB Showgrounds March 13 from 10am. Admission to the event is free.
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