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Kimono Wearing and Tea Ceremony
This half-day tour introduces you to the history and customs of two of Japan's most symbolic cultures, also allowing you have a hands-on experience in a beautiful landscaped garden.
This morning you will meet your specialist guide at your hotel who will help you travel to the east of Tokyo on the public transport network. Your destination is the beautiful garden of Happo-en, an Edo-period sculptured landscape with an interesting history.
Once at the gardens you will meet Ms Chizuko Yahagi, a former model and expert in the art of the traditional Japanese Kimono, one of the most iconic items of clothing in the country. Together you will learn the history of the Kimono and its importance in historic and modern Japanese culture. After learning about the clothing, you will get the opportunity to try on a high-end kimono in this gorgeous setting where you will learn how to walk with the dignity and poise required, while being able to pose for some memorable photos.
The second part of your tour introduces you to a Japanese tea master who will go through another of Japan's finest cultural art forms, the tea ceremony. A very ritualised and respected art form, the tea ceremony has been central to Japanese culture for centuries and you will be taught how each intricacy has been refined to perfectly aid relaxation and restoration. During the ceremony, you will get to try the thick green tea and a Japanese sweet, as per hundreds of years of tradition
After the ceremony, your guide will help you travel back to your hotel where you can enjoy the rest of your day.
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