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On the morning of September 16th, the Tea Ceremony Department of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University of Japan came to Nanjing Foreign Language School and spent a day with the Japanese Language Students for culture exchange. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is under the jurisdiction of the school corporate body Ritsumeikan, established in the year 2000. APU is the first in Japanese college education history to carry out absolute bilingual teaching of English and Japanese, affiliated to the famous school corporate Ritsumeikan which has been 130 years old. APU Tea Ceremony Department belongs to Urasenke, the biggest of Japanese tea-making ritual schools. The department has professional tea-making experts from Kyushu to teach the Japanese Tea ceremonies. At present there are about 30 students in the department, all of whom are skilled in tea-making. Every year they actively join in various social activities out of school, and communicate tea culture with all walks of life. Meanwhile, they also bring on oversea activities year after year. In 2013 they went to a high school in Indonesia, and in 2014 they participated in the communication event with Portuguesa. In this way, they have become quite experienced in culture exchange event of tea ceremony. For this time the department sent Chinese students and graduates in particular. They hope that this could be a significant event with Nanjing Foreign Language School.
The students of APU Tea Ceremony Department arrived at NFLS around 10:00 AM. They attended the class with the Japanese Language students of our school and later visited the campus together. In the afternoon, the APU students performed two tea-making shows for the Japanese Language students of NFLS Junior Grade 1 to Senior Grade 3. They helped our students experience what Japanese tea-making rituals felt like as guests in a tea party, from tasting desert, to ordering tea, serving tea and appreciating tea sets. After that, they led 2 or 3 students to learn how to make simple Japanese matcha, and how to deal with different wares. The students were able to understand the feelings behind each step of Japanese tea-making service after practicing tea-making in a pretend formal tea party circumstance. In the end, some of the NFLS students even tried on the bathrobes provided by the tea ceremony department.