Manukau Courier : March 8th 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 8, 2011 NEWS WIN A SHARE OF W WIIN NA AS SHAR RE E 72,000 OF WORLD TR AVEL Spend $50 in one day at Westfield Manukau City and you could p p p p p p c c c c c o o o o r r ry y y y y y p p p p c c c o o o o o r r ry y y 4 world trips of your choice plus 12 Mystery BreaksTM . y u and you could r g . discover the globe. Ends 6pm Sunday 3 April 2011. / /// / / S S ES S S S ES S WES ES 11 /1 C/ MC MC M M M M8 08 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 08 08 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 00 00 0 we e we we w t st st st stfi fi fi fi f l el el el ld d d d. dco o co con n .n/ z/ z/ z/ma manuk kau u KICKSTART your fitness resolution r$1 gets you started Great Facilities Including: • Les Mills Group fitness classes • Cycle studio with RPM & Spin classes • Corporate fitness circuit • Huge cardio area • Large free weight area 28b LAMBIE DRIVE MANUKAU PH 263-8794 www.creofitnessclub.co.nz This year transform your body into something your mirror will love. conditions apply Come & see why Creo is Manukau's premium fitness club Simply Contact Us Today! Trust calls for applications Community organisations that focus on improving literacy or developing life skills have a chance to take off. The Auckland Airport Community Trust is now taking funding applications for projects, board chair- man Roger Baldwin says. In the past we have made grants to a wide variety of organisations which have reached a broad range of citizens from newborn babies and their famil- ies to some of our more senior members. The Auckland Airport Community Trust was established in October 2003 and has contributed more than $1.7 million to the communities defined by the aircraft noise areas around the air- port. Applications for funding close on March 31. Go to www.auckandair port communitytrust.org.nz. Japanese culture served up at event By KELSEY FLETCHER Cultural ceremony: From left: Yoshie Miyazawa, Yoshiko Inamura, Sumi Iso, Kiyomi Bingley and Kumi Sekikawa share a hot drink as they practise the Japanese tea ceremony. Photo: JASON OXENHAM An inspiring culture change is set to thrill punters at the 10th annual Japan Day this weekend. This year the event at the ASB Showgrounds will be concentrating on two major cultural performances -- ikebana or Japanese flower arrangements, and the Japanese tea ceremony which the public are invited to participate in. Japanese Society of Auckland chairman Masa Sekikawa says Japan Day is the biggest Japanese culture event held in one day in New Zealand. More than 32,000 people attended the event last year. When we started in 2000 we had 1500 people come and this year I am hoping for 40,000, he says. The event will include kimono fit- ting, tutorials on how to grow bonsai and martial arts demon- strations. The art of mochi making -- or pounding rice to make rice cakes -- will also be on display. Mr Sekikawa says the event is hosted by the society and aims to promote Japanese culture in New Zealand. The Japanese Society is a group of people who get together to keep our identity alive in New Zealand, he says. Kiyomi Bingley will be at Japan Day to demonstrate the tea cer- emony to the public. Tea was orig- inally brought to Japan in the ninth century by a Buddhist monk who had returned to Japan from China, she says. It was very expensive and was generally only used by nobles for medicinal purposes. However in the mid-1500s a per- son called Senno Rikyu created the tea ceremony that exists today. The proper process includes meals and has a theme that can reflect the current or upcoming season. One host sits with the pot of tea and uses the wooden ladle to put tea into a beautifully made bowl. Guests are served one at a time and care is taken not to drink from the front of the bowl. The bowl is an artform and can be very expensive, Ms Bingley says. Sumi Iso says the location of the ceremony is also carefully thought out with them often taking place at serene locations. You need a pure mind to enjoy tea. The tea houses are normally small and beautiful, she says. Ms Bingley says young girls used to learn the art of tea ceremonies to help with their manners. They had to learn how to sit, walk and appreciate art, she says. Japan Day will be held at the ASB Showgrounds on March 13 from 10am. Admission is free.
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