20 Jul '11, 2am

Pictures: Traditional Japanese tea ceremony performed at Pearl Habour to promote reconciliation

Pictures: Traditional Japanese tea ceremony performed at Pearl Habour to promote reconciliation

Two ceremony cups of tea are offered to American sailors by Dr Genshitsu Sen XV, grand tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea after performing a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony in Shrine Room of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Habour on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Honolulu. -- PHOTO: AP PEARL HARBOR (Hawaii) - Symbolising how far the two countries have come, US organisers on Tuesday hosted an ancient and ritualistic Japanese tea ceremony steeped in tradition at the watery grave of Pearl Harbor. It was the first time the centuries-old art form emblematic of Japan was performed in the USS Arizona Memorial that sits on top of the battleship, which sank in the Japanese attack 70 years ago. Organisers hoped the highly choreographed ritual will promote world peace and reconciliation between the US and Japan, which were once bitter enemies but have been strong allies for mor...

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