February, March, April & May
We teach ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of
Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. Please visit our Chanoyu
class and enjoy a first hand experience at being a guest. Any
Monday or Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. - Fee $20 Please Email
us to make a reservation or for more information about these special
This traditional wagashi Japanese sweet making class will feature
kinton and yomogi karukan. Kinton is fashioned
from threads of sweet bean paste, in various colors, formed around
a center of bean paste creating tasty seasonal representations.
Karukan is a famous sweet in Kagoshima, Japan. Yomogi
karukan is a steamed sweet made with rice flour and nagaimo,
long mountain yam, as well as yomogi (mugwort) for a seasonal
color and flavor. This class will include both demonstration and
some hands-on practice. The freshly made sweets and tea will be
served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will be
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.
This tea gathering will celebrate the beauty of hanami,
the Cherry Blossom Viewing Festival. Participants will enjoy a
seasonal kaiseki style tenshin meal, seasonal wagashi
sweets and usucha, thin tea. Utensils reflecting the beauty
of the season will be used. This tea will be of interest to both
the experienced tea practitioner and beginner alike. No prior
experience is necessary.
Chabana, the art of flower arranging for Chanoyu, will
be the focus of this hands-on workshop. Chabana has deep
roots in the more stylized Ikebana arrangements. This simpler
style was used in the tearoom by early tea masters when they invited
guests for tea.
This workshop will include a discussion of the principles of
chabana as well as an overview of the various styles of
vases and baskets that can be used. Participants will enjoy guided
practice in making arrangements. Sweets and tea will be served
at the end of the workshop.
Kimika, Larry and their students will host a tea celebrating
tango no sekku, the Boys' Day Festival, at the NichibeikaiKansoan
tearoom, 1759 Sutter St., S.F.
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. This
tea is open to anyone who enjoys Japanese culture and wants to
experience a traditional tea gathering.
These special workshops will introduce first time participants
to the Zen choreography in making a bowl of tea. Participants
will have guided practice in all of the steps necessary to prepare
a tasty bowl of matcha, powdered green tea, with an open mind
and pure heart. This workshop will be a good introduction for
those who wish to further pursue their study of Chanoyu, the Japanese
* Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.