n. Chiefly British
A refreshment, consisting of scones, jam, and clotted cream served with tea, usually served in the afternoon.
After a morning of language study I enjoyed lunch at my Japanese teacher's home.
We ate cold udon (thick Japanese noodles) and then prepared for an afternoon tea party.
My Japanese teacher, Motoko Sensei, is married to John, who is British.
He helped me understand more about the tradition of tea parties and instructed me in how to make scones.
I helped Motoko-sensei make sandwiches with ingredients like cucumber & salmon.
Motoko-sensei's hobby is to host people at her home.
She has a gift of hospitality! and is an amazing chef!
She enjoys introducing the missionaries she is teaching to the Japanese Christians and not-yet-christians in her community. She invited me and another church member invited 2 ladies she knew from her "dog walking" group. At the end of our tea party we set a time to meet again before I return to Nara.
Sometimes I forget how simple outreach can be.
Simply opening the home, and inviting a few people who have yet to meet can set in action what
God uses to draw together relationships that bring people into worship.
Here is Motoko-Sensei (red dress), John, and 3 Japanese women who were excited to get a chance to meet foreigners. It was a lovely afternoon of talking - mainly in Japanese.
Thank you Motoko-sensei and John for teaching me something new
and opening your home as a way to introduce new friends to one another and Japanese to Jesus.