One of the most important events of the Miss International pageant is the tea ceremony experience at the Enshuryu School, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
This year’s contestants together with the reigning Miss International, Mariem Velazco, were gauged on their class, poise, and bearing based on the Japanese tradition of tea preparation.
Also called the Way of Tea, the Japanese tea ceremony is a cultural activity that involves ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called cha-no-yu or sadō, chadō, while the manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called temae.
The tea-making ceremony in Japanese culture is a delicate process. It is a true test of endurance, humility, and elegance.
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