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Nitobe Memorial Garden: Japanese Tea Ceremony (Vancouver, British Columbia)

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Published on Jul 7, 2014

Nature is never far away in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Nitobe Memorial Garden at the University of British Columbia combines traditional Japanese horticultural techniques with plants native to Canada's Pacific Coast.

These gardens are a place where Asian and North American culture intersect. A peaceful destination, they change with every season: cherry bossoms in spring, lilies in summer, red maples in fall, and evergreen in the winter. This is a place of reflection, a true oasis located 20-minutes from downtown Vancouver.

From spring to late-summer, the Vancouver Urasenke Foundation hosts tea ceremonies in the tea garden and ceremonial Ichiboan tea house within the Nitobe Memorial Garden. Tea ceremonies take place on the last Saturday of every month.

This Destination BC video features an usucha tea ceremony filmed late-spring during Vancouver's cherry blossom season.

For more information on tea cermonies and the Nitobe Memorial Garden, visit: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nit...

For more information on other gardens in British Columbia, visit: http://hellobc.com/gardens

For a closer look at the people and places featured in this video series, click below:

1) Come To Your Senses: Touch (British Columbia) - http://youtu.be/nlJ01H-qbpo
2) Aboriginal Wood Carving: Luke Parnell (Vancouver, British Columbia) - http://youtu.be/FZLmNoo7pNg
3) Kayaking: Deep Cove (North Vancouver, British Columbia) - http://youtu.be/_Ei355z48-o

Special thanks to: Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia, Urasenke Foundation Vancouver, Katie Teed, Ryo Sugiyama, Keith S., Miwako M., Amanda L., and Yuko H.

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