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.


JOYAGAMA (final gathering)

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 tea.

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.


WAGASHI CLASS (sweet making)

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.

FEE - $50

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, 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.

Kimika Soko Takechi & Larry Sokyo Tiscornia