WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- The 101st National Cherry Blossom Festival offers locals a viewing of a Japanese Tea Ceremony.
At the Japan Information and Culture Center, a local Japanese tea club shows what it takes to prepare and offer tea to your guests. The preparations are a part of an ancient tradition dating back to feudal times in Japan.
The tea rituals of cleaning the bowl and other acts embody a set of values known as Chado or "the Way of Tea." These values celebrate mental tranquility, purity and harmony.
"One of the elements in tea, the way of tea is appreciate the season," said Yumi Yamasaki, Chado expert and member of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington DC Association, the area's Japanese tea club.
"The ceremony talked a lot about tranquility, and it was nice," said Michelle Porvaznik who came with her friend during the lunch hour.
"I learned a lot! And it was very beautifully presented. The tea bowls were lovely," said David Rehfuss.
This is the second annual Tea Ceremony during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
WUSA 9 will air the National Cherry Blossom parade on April 13, 2013 starting at noon. Station anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck will be at the parade starting at 10 a.m.
Reported/Written by: Elizabeth Jia
WUSA 9 & WUSA 9.com