Japanese Tea Ceremony at Stapleford Park Celebrating 400 Years of Anglo-Japanese Relations
More than 100 people gathered in Stapleford Park hotel’s luxury Grand Hall to watch a demonstration of Japan’s traditional green tea ceremony by a tea master and to enjoy a quintessential English afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, scones and French pastries
Excerpts from Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly were performed by a group of musicians who have performed with the National Opera House, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the BBC and the London Philharmonic.
There were also examples of ornate kimonos on show, one of which was said to be worth around £1 million.
The event was arranged as part of the national celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of political and trade links between established between Britain and Japan and included a special Kaiseki-style meal at the hotel for specially invited guests, with chefs flown in from Japan’s cultural capital Kyoto and from Monaco.
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