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Stapleford Park Country House Hotel hosted a Japanese tea event to mark four centuries of political and trade links between Japan and England. More than 100 people gathered in Stapleford’s Grand Hall to enjoy a demonstration of Japan’s traditional green tea ceremony by a tea master and to sample British-style finger sandwiches, scones and pastries.


Visitors also had the chance to look at a display of kimonos, traditional cloths from the Land of the Rising Sun, valued at around £1 million. A group of musicians, who had also performed at the National Opera House and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, serenaded guests by playing excerpts from Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly.


Angelina Chua, the hotels manager said, “We sold out the event in just four weeks and we are now looking to do more afternoon teas with musical entertainment in the future”. Visitors also enjoyed a demonstration of the traditional ‘candy pulling’ craft, Amezaiku – a technique of creating detailed flowers, plus animals and bird shapes from hot, soft candy by one of its greatest exponents, Takahiro Yoshihara.


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