In Sen no Rikyu's times it was normal for political people to share a cup of tea in a tea hut. In Japan this tradition still exists, in a form proper for this century.
Yesterday in Romania the prim minister of Japan was in Romania, and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe visited such a tea hut / Chashitsu together with our minister of Culture and other personalities, and could drink a cup of tea on tatami.
The National Museum of Art in Romania / MNAR, which is situated in the old Royal Palace, together with the Japanese Embassy, with the architects, with Takenaka, the company that built the Chashitsu, with the help of Chado Urasenke from Kyoto and of the JTI Romania finished the building of the Chashitsu, inside the museum's section dedicated to the Japanese and Oriental arts.
The school of tea ceremony, Chado Urasenke from Kyoto gave the name of the Chashitsu, RYŌKOAN, writen on a hangaku.
The event included the ceremony of opening this Chashitsu and of it's hangaku. Mrs Akie Abe, Mrs. Ambasador Ishii, the minister of Culture, the director of MNAR and the director of JTI performed this ceremony.
The tea ceremony was performed by Tsutsumi sensei, representative of Chado Urasenke and her student, Mr. Kani, from Paris, with the help of both Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania Luminis and Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania.
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