Japanese art & tea celebrates elders

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Sharing in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony are, from left, EWCC student Akemi Sagawa, Leon Applebaum, his wife and the featured artist Teiko Shimazaki, EWCC student Sachiko Levy, and EWCC student Asako Go. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Francois)

East West Chanoyu Center and the neighbors and residents of Aljoya Thornton Place, a retirement community in North Seattle, partnered on Nov. 14 to share the joy of Chanoyu, or the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with 90-year-old Japanese American artist Teiko Shimazaki, whose work is currently on exhibit at Aljoya. The event was part of the ongoing Issei Artists exhibit featuring Shimazaki’s work.

Shimazaki is a Fulbright grant recipient whose artistic work began more than six decades ago with industrial drawing in Japan. Today, her paintings encompass a variety of Japanese techniques and are focused on Northwest nature and wildlife.

Chanoya guests enjoyed traditional Japanese sweets prior to drinking their green tea. Sagawa explained that because the tea is slightly bitter, the sweet is to be consumed first to temper the taste and prepare the pallet for the green tea.

Issei Artists exhibit continues through Dec. 10. (end)

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