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Donlin Drive hosts Japanese Tea Party

First and second grade students at Donlin Drive Elementary recently had the opportunity to experience a very special event in the Japanese culture when they hosted a Japanese Tea Ceremony in the school's library.

Tomomi Yoshida, co-owner of the Roji Japanese Tea Lounge in Syracuse, performed the ceremony for the students, who then were able to taste the tea and use chopsticks to taste a Japanese sweet.

The first- and second-graders prepared for the Japanese Tea Ceremony by constructing and glazing ceramic teacups during art class with DDE art teacher Diane Lansing. Many students also made either ceramic chopstick rests or origami chopstick wrappers.

Prior to the tea ceremony, DDE librarian Mary Fulton taught the first- and second graders how to use chopsticks after reading them the book How My Parents Learned to Eat, by Ina R. Friedman.

"This was a wonderful multicultural event that was enjoyed by all," Lansing said.

Picured above, Tomomi Yoshida, co-owner of the Roji Japanese Tea Lounge in Syracuse, shares the history behind the Japanese Tea Ceremony with students from Donlin Drive Elementary.

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