Russia–Japan Dialogue Over a Cup of Tea

Russia–Japan Dialogue Over a Cup of Tea

Japanese traditional tea ceremony at the EAWF

The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum is to host the Business breakfast ‘Russia–Japan. Dialogue of Cultures’. The event coincides with the Russia–Japan Cross Year, which favourably affects the mutual interest of people of both countries in economic, political, social and cultural realms.

Sensei Yamada Midori is to hold the meeting in the format of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. She is a professor of SO-KATOKU, the Cavalier of ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays’, the master of the tea ceremony of Omotesenke school and Sumi-e Japanese painting. Yamada Midori will tell the participants of the event about the traditions of the tea ceremony and will hold one.

The Business breakfast is to present a book about the legendary Japanese traveller and discuss its republication. Naomi Uemura became the first solo conquer of the North Pole in 1978. The widow of the hero published his diary he wrote during this last feat – ascending the tallest Alaskan peak. Until now, the flag raised by Naomi is flying over McKinley Mountain. The hero was awarded the Courage Award, the most prestigious decoration for the bravest.

The Naomi Uemura’s book ‘Solo to the Pole’ was prepared for the publication in Russia on the initiative of the world-famous traveller Fedor Konyukhov and the organizing committee of the programme ‘Culture to Live. Active Longevity’.

The iconic director Junya Sato made a film about the hero and this feat ‘Uemura Naomi Monogatari’ (‘The Story of Naomi Uemura’). He also authored the film ‘The Dream of Russia’ to be shown at the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Reiko Watanabe, one of the world’s greatest violinists also received an invitation to the tea ceremony. She is vigorously involved in large-scale events, collaborates with high-profile ballet stars, dance companies, symphony orchestras. Reiko is a laureate of numerous international awards and prizes. In 2005, she received the prestigious in Japan Exxon Mobil Music Award. For artistic merits and advancement Reiko received the violin on the famous master Giuseppe Guarneri del Gezu made in 1736.

Anna Repina, Eurasian Women's Community Information Agency