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Opening Ceremony for Japanese Tearoom

March 15, 2012

Just in time to mark the centennial celebration of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees is the opening ceremony for the DC Chado tearoom and Roji garden, Friday, March 23, 2012.

Chado, the best known form of the spiritual culture of Japan, represents the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility as described by its founding father Sen Rikyu more than 400 years ago. Every successive heir to the Rikyu legacy has kept the Chado vital and meaningful so that it offers an effective path for cultural enrichment and self-cultivation.

This special event is hosted by the family of the Grand Master Zabosai Soshitsu Sen XVI, the son of Hounsai Genshitsu Sen who was Grand Master for 38 years. Grand Master Zabosai teaches and travels worldwide to educate Japan and other countries about the Way of Tea. He is the 16th-generation grand master of the Urasenke Chado tradition.

Tea gatherings will follow the morning ceremony, as well as an evening banquet at The Hay-Adams' Top of the Hay. After March 23, tea demonstrations and gatherings can be scheduled through the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington DC Association.

All events are private and by private invitation only.

The Washington, DC Chado tearoom and Roji garden are located at 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 220.

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E.U Ambassador on Global Economy

March 12, 2012

Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, H.E . João Vale de Almeida will be the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce's (SACC) guest speaker this Thursday evening at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.

The importance and interdependence of the transatlantic relationship will be the subject of Ambassador Almeida’s keynote address: "Steps the European Union is Taking to Restore Confidence and Growth."  

A Q & A session will follow the presentation. The March 15th event is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and is open to the general public. Click here for tickets.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is located at 2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

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Environmental Film Festival's 20th Anniversary Launch Party

March 7, 2012

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Thursday, March 8th  at the Warner Building Atrium at 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Party is from 6:30-9:00 pm.

Music, art, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres plus a silent auction, with items including:

-Six nights for two guests at Hacienda Cusin, a restored 17th century Andean estate at 8,500 feet in Ecuador.

-Three days and two nights at Hacienda Tres Rios on the Riviera Maya.

-50 minute signature Brad Drummer Interpretive Massage at Nusta Spa

-Dinner for four at Bistrot Le Zinc.

-One month Unlimited Yoga Newbie Pass at Tranquil Space.

-Home Soda Makers by Sodastream

Read more about the festival, which runs from March 13-25, 2012 and purchase launch party tickets here.

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