Two Cultures United By Tea
A Japan400 week tea party on Sunday 15 September, in the splendid setting of the Banqueting House, the Royal Palace built to celebrate the life and 'wise government' of King James I. Visitors experienced the atmosphere of the daimyo tea ceremony, described as a training for the mind of a samurai. In the Main Hall, beneath Rubens' celebrated ceiling paintings, tea master Akira Matsura performed a 400th anniversary dedication for King James and for his own ancestor, the Lord of Hirado, who in 1613 welcomed the envoys sent by the King to establish the first English trading post in Japan

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