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Tea time, Japanese-style

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Tea time, Japanese-style

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Barbadians passing through Independence Square in Bridgetown yesterday got a peek at a Japanese tea ceremony.
Some observed from a distance with curious expressions on their faces as German Tobias Wenzel, dressed in Japanese attire and armed with the relevant utensils, brewed the tea during the ceremony.  
And those who were daring even got to taste it.
The tea ceremony is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of powdered green tea.
The 26-year-old Wenzel, who is in Barbados on holiday, has been practising the ceremony since age 14. He said he brought his utensils to “Barbados just for fun and to see people’s reaction”.
“I just like to drink tea. Many people say a lot about the benefits of the tea but it is basically green tea and contains a lot more chlorophyll and vitamin C than other green tea,” he said. (AH)
Here,  Wenzel (right) giving onlookers an insight into the Japanese tea ceremony.