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Japanese Tea Ceremony

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The Big Read: Japanese Tea Ceremony with Kiyomi Oliver

Sunday, February 23 | 2:00pm



Join Kiyomi Oliver to learn the history of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and why it is important in Japanese culture. Sip tea, experience Japanese artifacts and art, and sample green matcha from Kiyomi’s local Sei Mee Tea company.

This event is part of the 2020 Big Read – a community wide reading event sponsored by The National Endowment of the Arts. Our book this year is Julie Otsuka‘s When the Emperor Was Divine follows one Japanese family uprooted from its Berkeley home after the start of World War II. After being delivered to a racetrack in Utah, they are forcibly relocated to an internment camp. They spend two harrowing years there before returning to a home far less welcoming than it was before the war. Using five distinct but intertwined perspectives, Otsuka’s graceful prose evokes the family’s range of responses to internment. Culminating in a final brief and bitter chapter, Otsuka’s novel serves as a requiem for moral and civic decency in times of strife and fragmentation. Click here to download a copy of the NEA Reader’s Guide.


Click here for a full listing of Fishtrap’s local Big Read events, running February – March.