I tried to look bashful and I think I communicated myself quite well :) Mr Shin himself is also quite a tea connoiseur and often brings me traditional Korean tea to try at school.
But he refuses to try my rooibos tea as it is in a teabag!
She then used a very strange looking implement made of bamboo: it looked like a cross between an old-school shaving-foam brush and a whisk.
From the mother pot it is then poured into the 'children' cups.
So off the three of us (Shin, Kang, Jess) went to the court.
An important-looking place of course, with metal detectors in the foyer and finger-print entrance-security in the corridors.
Tea ceremonies are generally associated with people of higher social standing, then and now, and this explains why the judge would have 'treated' us to this: as a way of welcoming us, but also maybe to make us appreciate that we were in 'important' company.
It seems that traditional tea ceremonies in Korea were becoming less and less common, but have recently been experiencing a kind pf 'revival', as a way of relaxing in the formal setting of the workplace, and re-connecting with traditional buddhist beliefs and a healthier way of life.
Once we entered the chief judge's office I suddenly felt rather small and lowly: he has a huge office with the usual 'important' couches for entertaning guests - similar to the ones one encunters in other important places in Korea. The judge sat at the head of the table and infront of him the typical equipment for a traditional Korean tea ceremony were laid out.