On the 1st of April, we had the honour of hosting Pioneer Junior College’s Japanese Cultural Club, the Tsuyu Club, once more having came before. This time they brought along their new students as they were shown a tea ceremony performance as well as served tea and sweets. The PJC students were extremely interested in Japanese Tea Ceremony, and many questions were asked about Sado as well as University life, and they were able to learn more about the niche […]
On the 11th of March, we had the honour of hosting SUTD’s Japanese Cultural Club, SUTD Nihongo, for an introductory Sado visit, where they were shown a tea ceremony performance, as well as were served tea and sweets. Many questions were asked about the ceremony and Sado in general, and they were able to learn more about Japanese culture through Japanese Tea Ceremony.
On two consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of March, NUS Sado Club facilitated the conducting of the Itadakimasu Food Module offered by the Department of Japanese Studies for students this semester. Students were taught the cultural aspects of Sado as well as how to drink tea in a traditional tea room, along with the viewing of the actual performance itself. Goto Sensei and Kodera Sensei came all the way from Japan to help out […]
On the 1st of March, NUS Sado Club visited our sister club NTU Sado Club as part of the NUS-NTU Reciprocal Visits that allow both Enshu Sado Clubs to interact and practice with one another. We were honoured to be served okashi and tea by them, and played games and talked to each other after the performance done by their Vice Presidents. We look forward to future events together!
On the 3rd and 4th of February, NUS Sado Club participated in the annual NUS Japanese Cultural Festival where lots of Japanese culture related booths were set up for the public to enjoy. We performed Usucha ceremonies and served the public matcha and higashi, as well as sold kanzashi (Japanese hair ornaments) to complement the experience.
Sensei’s January visit this year spanned from 13-15th January. Kodera sensei conducted two Hatsugama sessions on Friday and Saturday, allowing both student and alumni members, as well as NTU Sado Club members to experience this rare event. A mini kaiseki osechi meal was served before the Hatsugama service. WSSH Sado Club members and their teachers also visited on Friday evening, with sufficient time for okeiko practice.
On the 21st of December, our sister club NTU Sado Club visited us for an exchange visit. We were able to perform Usucha Hirademae for them, as well as introduce to them some of the tools being used in the ceremony itself. Members from both sides enjoyed bonding with each other. We look forward to future events together!
As per the previous 4 years, our club hosted students from Waseda Shibuya Senior High’s tea club. Lak Jin demonstrated the Tabidansu otemae. Okashi this year is Kashiwamochi.
From the 28th to the 30th of October, we were honoured to be part of the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR) booth set up at the Japan Travel Fair 2016 in Takashimaya B2. We were able to demonstrate the Obon ceremony to the public, letting participants understand more about the cultural aspects of Japanese Tea Ceremony, and also gave out samples of ceremonial grade tea to passers-by.
On the 7th of October, in support of NUS World Food Week, NUS Sado Club held an event, Japanese Tea Ceremony X Matcha Cafe, at the open space on the first floor of AS 8 at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We were able to showcase the art of Japanese Tea Ceremony to many passers-by, both students and staff alike, and served pay-what-you-want matcha and mochi. Photos courtesy of NUS Office of Environmental Sustainability.