Sayonara To The King's English

In the elegant Queen's Room of an imposing manor, Rie Iwasawa, the owner of a flour mill, and Yoshiko Hirota and Tamami Ikeda, both office workers, study the art of tea. The Japanese tea ceremony is a national ritual, but none of the women wear kimonos. Dressed in a pale peach sweater and pearls, Rebecca Watts, a classic Briton with carefully clipped speech, graciously explains the mysteries of tea--British-style.

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