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Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony (cha-no-yu, chadō, or sadō) is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha (抹茶), is ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting. Colloquially it is often called ocha among Japanese.

This shot was taken in the 2006's Tanabata Festival done in Liberdade, Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was inspired in this work of Mr. Tran to do that shot. Just resized, sharpened and posted here, no more workshops.

Tanabata (七夕, meaning "Seven Evenings") is a Japanese star festival, derived from Obon traditions and the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi. The festival is usually held on July 7 or around August 7, and celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separated these two lovers, and they were allowed to meet only once a year. This special day is the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.

Liberdade is the name of a district in São Paulo, Brazil. It contains the largest Japanese population (immigrants and descendants) outside of Japan. There are also other ethnic groups (mostly Asian) present in Liberdade, including overseas Chinese (both mainland Chinese and Taiwanese) and Koreans.

All information here was found at Wikipedia.

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