10th Annual Girl's Day Tea Ceremony with Local American Children

Students from the Department of International Tourism celebrated Japan's annual Girl's Day festival by hosting a group of 20 girls from America living in Sasebo for a demonstration and hands-on workshop of Japanese tea ceremony. This year was particularly special as it represented the 10th year of celebrating Girl's Day with the local American community.

The event was held at NIU's on-campus tea ceremony house. The children were able to enjoy making matcha using traditional bamboo equipment and ceramic bowls. After this, they enjoyed eating traditional Girl's Day sweets, such as Hina Ara-re (rice cake snacks) and Peach Castella cakes. Following this, everyone made origami and played traditional Japanese games. Happy Girl's Day!