When I was a senior in college I attended a two week study tour in Hawaii. The collage had lectures for us to attend and activities planned, including visiting Pearl Harbor, a replica of a Japanese temple, and an art museum.
One surprise on the trip was attending a Japanese Tea Ceremony on campus. Scheduled last minute, it became a highlight of my trip. It gave us the opportunity to visit the university’s tea house, Jaku’an, where thousands of students have been studying the art of the Japanese tea ceremony since the 1970s. It’s one of the first tea houses constructed outside of Japan. The tea house and the tea ceremony were both simple and beautiful, and I felt lucky to take part in it.