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    Sri Lankan Mission to UN hosts Japanese tea ceremony

    Ambassador Dr. Kohona and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, in collaboration with the Universal Peace Federation hosted a beautiful Japanese Tea Ceremony to a group of invited guests on Tuesday. The Event was graced by the Ambassadors of 20 countries. A moment of silent contemplation was observed for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Guests enjoyed Japanese sweets and chocolates, as well as a traditionally prepared cup of delicious warm green tea by tea master Mrs. Fumie Wantanabe and served by ladies in kimono. Hearty laughs erupted among the distinguished gathering as each slurped the tea, as custom demanded. The event ended with a lunch representing both Sri Lankan and Japanese cuisine.

    “A simple cup of tea not only is delicious but is food to one’s soul. The 400 year age old Tea Ceremony is not only tradition to the Japanese but an art form, a meditation, and most importantly a symbol of peace and good will”.

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