The Franco-Japanese Association for the Tea Ceremony (FJAT) aims to present traditional crafts and tea ceremony (Sado) using such crafts as utensils abroad, especially in the Francophonie.
We do not think that the simple manifestation of the ceremony attracts a lot of attention abroad because many masters of Sado already have its activities there. We rely on the value of traditional Japanese crafts. They are fabricated by the hand of the craftsmen whose technique has been developed from generation to generation. Their works can transmit our spirit without using words even to the foreign people. They and Sado attach tightly each other.
When we hold the ceremony abroad, we do not try to present 100% Japanese cultures. We can’t reproduce entirely identical circumstances there, and persistence to our own culture can become ridiculous in the result. The guests rather receive the distorted concept.
Omotenashi (a warm welcome) is one of the most important factors in Sado, which does not exist in other traditional activities such as No or Kabuki, and therefore we must not impose one-way value to our guests.
We serve cheesecake and Japanese sweets together with tea at the ceremony and adopt sound pipes of the organ as utensils. When we held the ceremony in Algeria, we studied the mint tea and adopted the local pottery in respect of the Islamic culture.
To respect the own culture of the guests and to adopt it, it is omotenashi and one of the principles of our activities. When our guests smile when they find the mix of the cultures, it is a real smile of heart.
When I visited a certain family abroad, I found a Japanese handicraft installed in the living room that the host had looked for and bought to welcome me. No one is not touched by such an act and it is the same spirit as omotenashi of Sado.
Cultural exchanges is only area that can be free from political and economic interests and then we need them all time in all over the world.
Dr.Hounsai, the grand head of the school of Urasenke of Sado and the goodwill ambassador of the United States, has continued the presentation of Sado in the world for more than 60 years with the conviction "peace by a bowl of tea". His activities have had a great influence and Sado is recognized in the world now. We’d like to follow the predecessors to further promote Sado.
We would be very happy if you participate and support our association.
President of the Association