13 May 2007

Japanese Spring Blossom Festival

Today my parents and I went to the Japanese Spring Blossom Festival at Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh. The grounds of the castle include a beautiful Japanese garden, symbolising friendship between the cities of Edinburgh and Kyoto.

The activities and entertainments today included taiko drummers, martial arts demonstrations, singing and dancing, haiku, tea ceremony, origami and ikebana demonstrations, and lots of crafts for children. I took part in the tea ceremony, and was sitting next to a woman who goes to Japan twice a year on business and drinks real green tea every day – lucky her!

I’m looking forward to going back to Lauriston Castle in August to take part in a watercolour painting class in the Japanese garden.

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