Continuing, the leader of the International Tea Cooperative, Matsumoto Yasuharu, took the
After outlining the plans for the event, “The real intent of this event is for each and every
individual who travelled here today. Call out to those you don’t know, and let us strive to create new
bonds between us. Let us call out to one another, rather than ‘kon-nichiwa,’ ‘Tea-nichiwa!’” With this,
a murmur spread through the crowd as people here and there tried this new greeting on their lips.
The event grounds includes three tea pavilions and small villages.
Allow me to explain the event grounds. Rather than calling them Tents, let us say there are
Teants. The First Teant is the Global Tea Tasting Area. The Second location is, a live performance venue
featuring tea-themed music and performing arts. The third is, traditional Japanese comedy, tea
ceremony, brush paintings, western painting, and other cultural experiences, set up in a place for
lectures and speeches concerning the tea industry. In the large spaces between these huts, you can also
enjoy tea themed food at a variety of several food stalls.
Even after the opening ceremony thusly concluded, the number of people continued to swell.
Traditional “Tea Maidens” greeted customers arriving at the registration desk. The Tea maidens
make Tea name cards for guests. They write the customers name, home town, and favorite tea on a full
sized piece of paper. Hanging this around your neck is the appropriate way to show yourself off. That way, it’s easy for everyone to greet you with the special, ‘tea-nichiwa!’ greeting! The world tea festival
is about much more than just drinking tea; it is a chance to meet other people and expand circles of
In this spirit, an unprecedented tea-themed event officially kicked-off!