SOKO TAKECHI & SOKYO
Tea Times Dec. 99, Jan. & Feb. 2000
We would like to wish you Happy Holiday's and a prosperous
year 2000, the year of the dragon.
Thank you very much for all of your interest and support of
our Chanoyu activities during 1999. We look forward to welcoming
you and sharing tea often in 2000.
We continue to receive email from around the world and always
look forward to hearing what others are doing in Chanoyu.
We conduct ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition
of Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. Please Email
us to make arrangements to visit a class and have a bowl of tea.
DATE - Monday, Dec 27, 1999
SEATINGS - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
FEE - $25
Joyagama, our final tea gathering of 1999, is a time
to share tea with friends and enjoy the memories of the past year.
It is also a time to bid farewell to the year of the rabbit. Utensils
reflecting the feeling of the season will be used during this
Joyagama is traditionally held on December 31, in Japan.
Toshikoshi, year passing festivities, include the eating
of toshikoshi soba, long thin buckwheat noodles, for longevity
and good health. Traditional sweets, tea and toshikoshi soba
will be served.
This tea is open to anyone who wants to experience Japanese
culture through Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony.
DATE - Friday, Jan. 21, 2000
TIME - 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
FEE - $30
This traditional wagashi, Japan-ese sweet making, class
will feature yuki mochi kinton and misomatsukaze.
Yuki mochi kinton is a traditional Chanoyu sweet made
with nagaimo, long yam, and sweet bean paste that resembles
a snowball. We will also teach how to make chakinshibori,
a beautifully formed sweet that is made by gently pressing bean
paste in a damp cotton cloth. Misomatsukaze is a dense
steamed cake flavored with soy bean paste.
This class will be both hands-on and demonstration and tea
will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes
will also be provided
DATE Friday, Feb. 18, 2000
TIME 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
FEE - $50
Shogo chaji, the noon tea gathering done during the
winter months, will be explored during this workshop. The theme
of the tea will be baikasai, the plum viewing festival,
celebrated on February 25, in Kyoto. This workshop will include
the laying of the charcoal fire, traditional sweets and both thick
and thin tea. (The serving and eating of the kaiseki meal
will not be included.)
This workshop is open to anyone who enjoys tea. Those participants
who have not studied Urasenke tea for at least 1 year will be
in the guest position.
DATE - Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000
TIME - 2 p.m.
As the fragrance and beauty of the plum blossoms fill the warming
spring air, we would like to invite you to share in this celebration
Baikasai, plum viewing festival, is celebrated throughout
Japan. A grand festival is held each year at the Kitano Shrine
in Kyoto on February 25, where plum blossoms fill the shrine precincts.
The plum festival will be explored through the selection of seasonal
utensil motifs and appropriate foods.
Participants will enjoy seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin
style kaiseki meal.
This tea is open to anyone who wants to enjoy traditional Chanoyu,
the Japanese tea ceremony. No prior experience is necessary.
Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
for more information or to make reservations. Advance payment
by mail will confirm your telephone reservations. As space is
limited, cancellations must be made not later than 5-days before
each event to receive a refund. Thank you.