Toshihiko Honda, Hidemi Komori, Bob Wilson, Phil Priest, Yoshimasa and Miyoko Kokei, Reona Sakai and Hidehiko Nishida are served tea by Kath Oke during a traditional ceremony at the Shoyoen Japanese Garden.The air was crisp but the sky was blue when 17 Japanese visitors soaked up the garden and sipped on tea at Dubbo’s Shoyoen Japanese Garden yesterday.
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On day two of their visit Dubbo’s sister city delegates praised the Japanese garden and enjoyed a home away from home with a special ceremony at its tea house.

“It’s a very practised art over there,” Dubbo City Council’s sister city officer Kylie Sutherland said.

The Japanese tea ceremony is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, or powdered green tea.

The visitors presented Dubbo with a collection of tea items including green tea from Kyoto “which is absolutely prized for the tea ceremony”, Ms Sutherland said.

Yesterday the tea ceremony was conducted by two visiting delegates who had been trained in the cultural art.

“We observed (their) technique and learned some things we’ll be copying,” Ms Sutherland said.

She said the visitors loved the garden and the tea house and “thought it was well maintained in their Japanese authenticity”.

Some delegates flew back to Sydney yesterday afternoon while others were on their way to Cowra this morning.

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