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June 10, 2004

The Way of Afternoon Tea

The education section of The Guardian recently featured an article on a Japanese woman who runs a "finishing school" in London for her countrywomen. Hirome Cherry runs month-long, part-time courses in table-setting, flower-arranging, manners and etiquette and how to host a traditional English wedding. Even with fees of up to £80 per lesson, courses are fully booked out. Most students are the wives of locally-based businessmen, but some fly all the way from Japan to attend. The traditional Japanese tea ceremony is no longer widely practiced, so this cross-cultural alternative seems to be helping fill the void. A stirring tale

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