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Noriko Kato is shown with Leonardo Nguyen, one of three members of the audience who volunteered to take part in the ceremony.
The Kings County Museum held a Japanese tea ceremony recently in conjunction with its current exhibit, East Meets West, which includes artifacts and cultural material collected by former Kentville resident Cynthia Young during her 14 years teaching English as a second language in Japan. Young was on hand for the ceremony, accompanied by two friends, Hitomi Igasaki and Noriko Kato, who were visiting from Japan. Kato, who officiated at the ceremony, lives in Sapporo, on the northernmost island of Japan. She studied the tea ceremony for three years in high school and now enjoys doing it informally in her home with friends.
Traditionally, the tea ceremony, which originated in China in the middle of the 16th century, demonstrates respect through grace and good etiquette.
Here, Noriko Kato is shown with Leonardo Nguyen, one of three members of the audience who volunteered to take part in the ceremony. Afterward, Leonardo's mom said he "thought the tea was great, but the candy tasted kind of funny."
Museum curator Bria Stokesbury confirmed the admission to the ceremony was by free will donation. Between 90-100 people attended the event, which realized close to $300 through the free will donation.