Quesnel delegation heading to Shiraoi July 11

Those travelling to Shiraoi participated in a tea ceremony to have some insight into what they will soon experience.

Left to right: Tania Burg

In the photo a demonstration by Yoshimi Matsuzaki  for the young people and others who have not experienced the “Japanese Tea Ceremony.”

The tea ceremony is a familiar custom to someone who has been to Japan before, like Marie Skinner.

This will be

Marie’s 7th trip to Shiraoi with the Quesnel/Shiraoi Twining Society delegation.

And second time for Colleen Brigden as she went in 2009 as a chaperone with the delegation from Quesnel to Japan.

There are 10 students and five adults going on this trip. This is the 31st year of Quesnel/Shiraoi Twining Society.

The delegation travels to Japan from Vancouver July 11 and returns July 23 with stops in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido July 21 – 22 before heading home.

The trip in 2011, which celebrated the 30th anniversary, was delayed due to the tsunami as Shiraoi was providing aid to Sendai, Japan.

“The delegates will have lots of stories and photos to share when they return,” Marie said.

–submitted by Diane Graham

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