Central Leader : March 11th 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 11, 2011 NEWS New Stock in Store for all your flooring needs! Ph: 09 845 4838 fax: 09 845 4837 Mob: 021 998 008 www.greenforestfloor.com 2/2 Wagener Place, Mt Albert, Auckland • Laminate floor • Bamboo floor • Engineered floor • Timber floor WALK2WORK DAY Increase the walking part of your commute! Walk on Walk2Work Day and you could win fantastic prize packs. Wednesday, March 16 Go to: www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz to find out what is happening near you. Free Breakfast Event! 6.00am - 9.30am Pigeon Park (Cnr of Karangahape Rd and Symonds St) Attend this Walk2Work event & enter a prize draw to win $200 Ziera shoes vouchers W2WC-AT-0311 AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for information and audition time. Friday 18 March 6.30pm-9pm Saturday 19 March 1.30pm-6pm Flanshaw Road School, Te Atatu South. Song and sheet music required. Pianist Provided. Performance season July 9-23 Dracula Spectacula A Musical PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Glendale Road, Glen Eden. www.playhousetheatre.org.nz HOURS Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm Saturday 7am-2pm SUNDAY CLOSED www.clarksorganicbutchery.co.nz 356 West Coast Rd Glen Eden Auckland 818 6526 MASSIVE LAMB SPECIAL ORDER NOW 3167772AR www.craftexpo.co.nz Make it at CraftExpo! Shop for supplies & see new, fun, crafty ideas. Plus learn in over 30 workshops daily! March 17 - 20, 2011 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland Thursday to Sunday • 10am to 4.30pm Freecall: 0800 399 378 Admission charges apply Organised by: Supported by: First Time in Auckland! Ancient culture on show at Japan Day By KELSEY FLETCHER Cultural ceremony: From left: Yoshie Miyazawa, Yoshiko Inamura, Sumi Iso, Kiyomi Bingley and Kumi Sekikawa share a hot drink as they practise the Japanese tea ceremony. Photo: JASON OXENHAM An inspiring culture change is set to thrill punters at the 10th annual Japan Day which takes place this week- end. This year the event, held at the ASB Showgrounds, will be concentrating on two major cultural performances -- ikebana or Japanese flower arrangements and the Japanese tea ceremony which the public is invited to par- ticipate in. Japanese Society of Auck- land chairman Masa Seki- kawa says Japan Day is the biggest Japanese culture event held in one day in New Zealand. More than 32,000 people attended the event last year. When we started in 2000 we had 1500 people come and this year I am hoping for 40,000,'' he says. The event will include kim- ono fitting, tutorials on how to grow bonsai and martial arts demonstrations. The art of mochi making -- or pounding rice to make rice cakes -- will also be on dis- play. Mr Sekikawa says the aim of the event, which is hosted by the society, is to promote Japanese culture in New Zea- land. The Japanese Society is a group of people who get together to keep our identity alive in New Zealand,'' he says. Kiyomi Bingley will be at Japan Day to demonstrate the tea ceremony to the pub- lic.She says tea was originally brought to Japan in the ninth century by a Buddhist monk who had returned to Japan from China. It was very expensive and was generally only used by nobles for medicinal pur- poses,'' she says. However in the mid-1500s a person called Sen no Rikyu created the tea ceremony that exists today. The proper process in- cludes meals and has a theme which can reflect the current or upcoming season. There is one host who sits with the pot of tea and uses the wooden ladle to put tea into one beautifully made bowl. One guest is served at a time and care is taken to never drink from the front of the bowl. The bowl is an artform and can be very expensive,'' Ms Bingley says. Sumi Iso says the place of the ceremony is also carefully thought out with it often taking place at serene locations. You need a pure mind to enjoy tea. The tea houses are normally small and beauti- ful,'' she says. There are often lots of artforms in the room to enjoy.'' Ms Bingley says young girls used to always learn the art of tea ceremonies to help with their manners. They had to learn how to sit, walk and appreciate art.'' Japan Day will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane on March 13 from 10am. Admission is free.
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