Certificate Of Commendation to Urasenke Abu Dhabi Study Group
On 9th of March, H.E. Akio ISOMATA, Ambassador of Japan to the United Arab Emirates, awarded the Certificate of Commendation to “Urasenke Abu Dhabi Study Group” in recognition of its outstanding contribution, through practice of the “Way of Tea”, to the promotion of Japanese culture, as well as mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the UAE, and other countries.
Established in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the group has been regularly conducting lessons for the interested residents in the UAE to learn the Japan’s “Way of Tea”, (Chadō) at Ryoku-Sui-An, the Japanese tea house which was gifted to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the 15th–generation Grand Master of Urasenke, a prominent school of Japanese tradition of tea, in 2009. The group has also been actively participating in various cultural events throughout the UAE, introducing the charm of this Japanese tradition to wide audience through a variety of demonstrations.
The Urasenke Tradition of Tea is one of the most prominent schools of the way of tea in Japan, with a history dating back to the 16th century. Its philosophy is based on the principles of harmony (wa), respect (kei), purity (sei), and tranquility (jaku), which are reflected in every aspect of the Way of Tea, from the preparation of a bowl of tea to the serving of it to the guests.