Dr Genshitsu Sen

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Dr Genshitsu Sen, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Urasenke Grand Master (one of the three Japanese Tea Schools), Dr Genshitsu Sen was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in March 2012, in recognition of his contribution to peace and culture through the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

The art of tea ceremony in Japan, called sadô or chadô (sa/cha 茶 = the tea, dô 道= the path) is a traditional Japanese art inspired by Confucianism and Zen Buddhism. This philosophical and spiritual event, private or public, offers a meditative moment around tea and Japanese tradition.

Invited all over the world, Dr Sen spreads his message of peace, giving lectures and organizing tea ceremonies. Thus, he organized a ceremony in 2000, on the occasion of the United Nations Millennium Assembly and in 2010 for the United Nations General Assembly in the presence of former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, he contributed to the success of the Ceremony to Commemorate the First Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2012 at UNESCO Headquarters.

In September and November 2015, Dr Genshitsu respectively participated to the International Day of Peace held at UN Headquarters in New York and gave a tea ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters.

On 15 April 2019, Dr Genshitsu Sen held again a tea ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters according to the Japanese tradition in the presence of Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

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