IAHR 2005 Cultural Event

Cherry Blossom Viewing“OHANAMI”in 28 Mar.

OHANAMI is one of the most famous seasonal Japanese festivals. Many Japanese look forward to OHANAMI during the winter. The Japanese media makes daily forecasts regarding the stages of flower development between the end of February and March.
It is our pleasure to invite you to visit OHANAMI. You can enjoy typical Japanese party foods, an evening tour in the old historic temple and Japanese performances such as NODATE(tea ceremony)and JAMISEN(Okinawan traditional music).
The details are as follows :
Date:28 March 19:30〜21:00
Place:ZOJO-JI(40 minutes from Congress Site.)
Limited to:100 seats
More Detailed Information and Appointment at:OHANAMI Desk or Travel Desk
Charge:\1,000(Lunch Box and drink)
・It will be cold at night in late March in spite of warm daytime temperatures. Please take precautions due to the cold conditions.
・Assemble at ZOJO-JI at 19:30 by following the map. (No pick-up service)
・You will be billed at cost when you order additional food and drinks.
ZOJO-JI Temple was built in the year 1393, and was moved to its present location in 1598. It is the main temple of the Buddhist Jodo sect in the Kanto area. Tokyo Tower now stands just next to the temple. The Sanmon, the main gate was constructed in 1605 in contemporary Chinese Tang Dynasty style.
NODATE is a tea ceremony performed in the open air. The tea ceremony (Sado) is a ritualistic way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism. The ceremony itself consists of many rituals which have to be learned by heart. Almost each hand movement is prescribed. Basically, the tea is first prepared by the host, and then consumed by the guests.
JAMISEN is a local musical instrument in Okinawa and Amami. It means “snake-skin strings” because it consists of 3 parts; a main body covered in a snakeskin, the neck and three strings. JAMIAEN group “Thidan” has been together now for 2 years and the group consists of up-and-coming young artists who play JAMISEN and folk percussions.

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