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Tea for Peace: A Cup of Humanity

In 2020, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and designating the year’s programming under the theme of ” Year of Peace”, Portland Japanese Garden proudly returns to its founding history and seeks to offer the experience of peace through culture and nature.

On September 21, the International Day of Peace, Portland Japanese Garden will conduct a virtual, traditional Japanese tea ceremony as a way to symbolize how the culture and art of Japanese tea can unify people and bridge different cultures. The Garden’s guest of honor, Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler, will be joined virtually with the Mayor of Hiroshima (Kazumi Matsui) and the Mayor of Nagasaki (Tomihisa Taue), and each city will have their local tea masters hosting the tea ceremony.

We hope that in honor of International Day of Peace, we can take a moment to reflect on our collective history, cherish our mutual respect and friendship, and continue facilitating cultural exchange.

This special event will be captured via video footage, to be shared here once the event concludes. Please check back in late September for the video!


Participating Tea Masters

  • Hiroshima: Sokei Ueda (The 16th Generation Grand Master of Ueda Soko School of Tea)
  • Nagasaki: Keika Ueno (Secretary-General, The Tea House Shinden-An Association)
  • Portland: Jan Waldmann (Member of Kashintei Kai Tea Group at Portland Japanese Garden)

Ceremony Locations

  • Uedaryu Wafudo Tea School, Hiroshima
  • Shinden-An, Nagasaki
  • Portland Japanese Garden, Portland

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