Japanese tea master appointed as UNESCO ambassador
Paris: UNESCO appointed Japanese tea
ceremony master Sen Genshitsu as its second goodwill
ambassador from Japan.
"I feel a great responsibility as I did when I succeeded
the grand master of the Ura Senke school," Genshitsu, 88, said
yesterday at an event at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
"Under my motto of `Peacefulness from a Bowl of
Tea,` I`ll offer my utmost effort to the UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization," he said.
Genshitsu, who was the 15th grand master of the school
from 1964 to 2002, also performed a tea ceremony during the
event commemorating the victims of the earthquake and tsunami
that hit northeastern Japan a year ago.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said she was honored
that Genshitsu had accepted the post.
Artist Ikuo Hirayama, who had been dedicated to repairing
world heritage artifacts, served as Japan`s first UNESCO
goodwill ambassador from 1988 until he died in 2009.
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