A MOON-LIT Japanese tea ceremony will be held this weekend featuring matcha (finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves) and traditional sweets.
The event celebrates the Japanese tradition of Tsukimi (literally meaning, “moon-viewing”) which honours the autumn/harvest moon, to be seen on Friday.
The festival dates back to the Heian period, known as the golden age of Japanese history.
Rituals include displaying pampas grass, eating rice dumplings (tsukimi dango) and appreciating the beauty of the full moon.
The evening will begin with a brief explanation of the event followed by a tea ceremony held outdoors to view the moon.
Guests will be served themed (wagashi) sweets to reflect the occasion and grilled mochi (dango).
Other activities include a display of the traditional way to make mochi, called mochi tsuki, and guests can also participate in the mochi pounding.
A calligraphy and origami-making station will be available where people can have their names written in Japanese or try their hand at writing. A traditional performance of the Japanese stringed musical instrument Koto will also be held.
The event will take place on Friday at Darseen Café located at the Bahrain National Museum from 6pm to 9pm.
To register for the event, visit chawanbh.com.