Tea Times February and March 2004
We conduct ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition
of Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, from beginner to advanced
levels. Classes are open to anyone who desires to learn more about
this peaceful Japanese art. Events and classes are held in San
us to make arrangements to visit a class and have a bowl of tea.
This traditional wagashi, Japanese sweet making, class will
feature sakuramochi and kusamochi. Sakuramochi
is a traditional sweet served during the spring Doll Festival
and the cherry blossom viewing season. We will prepare the Kansai
(Kyoto) style sweet using cooked sweet rice grains that are wrapped
around sweet bean paste. It is finished by wrapping the sweet
in a fragrant salted cherry leaf. Kusamochi has fresh spring
yomogi, mugwort, in the outside mochi covering and
sweet bean paste on the inside.
This class will include both demonstration and hands-on practice.
The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the
class. Easy to follow recipes will also be provided. No prior
experience is necessary.
Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival, is commonly referred
to as the Girl's Day Festival. It was traditionally observed on
the 3rd day of the 3rd month according to the lunar calendar and
is celebrated on March 3, in modern times. Having early origins
in Japan, this festival is also called momo no sekku or
the Peach Blossom Festival.
The festival originally took place when the warmth of spring brought
with it a little rest time for rural farmers in Japan. Early dolls
were simply made of grass or straw in a human likeness. Human
ills were transferred to the dolls and they were discarded in
the local river as a way of bringing purity. During the Edo period
(1603-1868) the dolls became gorgeous art objects in the likeness
of the Emperor and Empress, and their court, and were displayed
on multi-tiered stands like we see today.
Traditional seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki
meal will be served. This event is open to anyone wishing to enjoy
Japanese culture through Chanoyu, the tea ceremony. No prior experience
This annual memorial tea will honor Sen Rikyu (1522-1591),
the founder of the three Sen schools of Chanoyu including Urasenke.
Wabicha, the style of tea that reflects a simple and quiet
taste, is the contribution that Rikyu is most remembered for.
Various utensils that reflect his unique style and taste will
be featured at this tea. Guests will offer flowers in Rikyu's
memory. Incense will also be offered and all of the guests will
be able to share in the enjoyment of the incense ceremony. Traditional
sweets and koicha, thick tea, will be served.
We will be doing a public tea celebrating tango no sekku,
the Boy's Day Festival, at the Nichibeikai Culture Center tearoom
in San Francisco. The festival dates from the Heian period and
is celebrated in Japan on May 5. It is also called shobu no
sekku, the Iris Festival as well as the Children's Day Festival.
In earlier times gentlemen of the court wore irises on their head
dress and would place iris leaves on palace buildings to protect
from illness and evil.
This event will be open to the public with prior reservations.
Please watch for further announcements by mail or on our web site
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for more information or to make reservations. Advance payment
by mail will confirm your email reservations. As space is limited,
cancellations must be made not later than 5-days before each event
to receive a refund. Thank you.