14 June 2018

Peace is … Coexistence

14 June 2018 - The seventh event of the “Peace is…” series hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations took place last Month in the lobby of the General Assembly Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event, entitled “Peace is… coexistence”, was organized in support of the third Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Remarks by the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Koro Bessho, opened the event. Mr. Shoko Aono of Ippodo Gallery New York and Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki of ZEN-An then worked together to assemble “ZEN-An, The Suitcase Tea Room” – bringing to life a full-sized traditional Japanese tea room. As the tea room was being built, the United Nations Chamber Music Society played. The Tea Ceremony for Peace and Innovation then commenced, and Ms. Rona Tison from ITO EN Green Tea Products led the audience through the making of two different types of traditional Japanese tea: whisked Matcha and brewed Sencha. Following her demonstration, the guests were invited to join in the Participatory Workshop on Tea Tasting, which gave them the opportunity to learn how to make their own Matcha or Sencha. 

Temporary walls that had been built for the event, framing the audience, were covered with a postcard installation, The HUG, created by Clouds Architecture Office. Every postcard was printed with the unfinished phrase “Peace is …” which then had been completed by people of all ages from many countries. One young student had written the message: “Peace means everyone getting along, without disagreements. It means love + compassion and being as one.”