- fund /fuhnd/
- acknowledge /AK-NOL-ij/
- numerous /NOO-mer-uhs/
- participant /pahr-TIS-uh-puhnt/
- aspiration /as-puh-REY-shuhn/
[verb] to provide the money to pay for an event, activity, or organization
The company funds my trip to Japan to attend the annual meeting.
[verb] to recognize the existence of something
His work was acknowledged as the best design for the current season.
He is receiving numerous projects after his long vacation.
[noun] a person who takes part in or becomes involved in a particular activity
The participants from various countries are expecting to experience extraordinary activities.
[noun] a strong hope or wish for achievement or success
The aspiration of every couple is to cherish their relationship, to love each other and grow together.
Participants can learn the basics of the tea ceremony and appreciate traditional cultural experiences, such as ikebana (flower arrangement) and kimono dressing. The lecture was accompanied by an English guide. The organizer stated that the tea ceremony is not only about a person preparing tea for their guests but also a comprehensive art, and its aspiration is to advertise the art in Japan and abroad. They also hope to turn over to future generations the congenial spirit, which is the foundation of the traditional art.
True or False:
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Arts Council did not sponsor this year’s tea ceremony.
- The concert event has a site for outdoor activities only.
- Activities in the open air were the most engrossing for tourists.
- Tourists can find out how to do ikebana and dress up traditional Japanese clothing.
- The spirit of harmony is the foundation of traditional art.
- What is your opinion about the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony?
- Do you agree to teach foreign people the traditional way of Japanese tea? Why or why not?
- Do you agree to perform both outdoor and indoor activities at a ceremony? Why or why not?
- In your opinion, what should the future generations do to maintain the congenial spirit of Japanese customs?
- What Japanese custom would you like foreigners to learn? Explain your answer.
Express Your Opinion:
- “A foreigner should consider practicing Japanese customs, manners, and etiquette before visiting the country.” ― Myiesha Carlos
- “Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
- “A good conversation starts with a cup of tea.”― Cinderella Fair