Tea Times                                                     February & March 2016          

(Tea Ceremony Class)

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. This is a great introduction for those interested in learning more about weekly tea study. Private tea lessons are also available. Please email or telephone to reserve your space or for more information:
Most Monday's from 6:30 p.m. - Fee $20 (for Monday guest experience.)

Fee $75 per person

An introduction 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. (Please contact us to arrange date and time.)

(Kagetsu Exchange)

DATE - Sunday, February 7, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION - Nichibeikai Culture Center, 1759 Sutter St., SF
$50 (includes a bento lunch)

This chanoyu experience will bring Urasenke tea practitioners together to share in the enjoyment of tea through kagetsu. The day's kagetsu will include: hira kagetsu, koicha tsuki kagetsu, kashi tsuki kagetsu, kinin kiyotsugu kagetsu, tsubo kazari tsuki kagetsu and mugon nagekomi kagetsu. A bento box lunch and beverage will be provided to all participants. A basic knowledge of ro hira kagetsu is necessary to participate. You may also attend as an observer. Advance reservations are necessary.

(incense and tea)

DATE - Saturday, February 13, 2016
TIME - 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
FEE - $35

This workshop will feature incense as it is enjoyed in the tearoom. There will be a demonstration of how to prepare a censor using the various traditional incense utensils. Participants will enjoy 2 varieties of kyara, the best of the aged aloes wood incense. They will also have a chance to write a seasonal poem related to the incense. Traditional sweets and tea will also be served.

(Chabana Workshop)


DATE - Saturday, March 5, 2016
TIME - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
FEE - $35

Chabana, the art of flower arranging for Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony), will be the focus of this hands-on workshop. The workshop will include a discussion of the principles of chabana . There will also be an overview of the various styles of vases that can be used. Participants will enjoy guided practice in making arrangements. Sweets and tea will be served at the end of the workshop.

(Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea)

DATE - Saturday, March 12, 2016
12 noon to 2 p.m.

Hanami is the cherry blossom viewing season in Japan and also in many places around the world. It is one of the most beautiful seasons and utensils calling attention to the cherry blossoms will be used during the tea. Guests will enjoy seasonal sweets, tea and a kaiseki style tenshin meal. No prior experience is necessary.


DATE - Saturday, March 20, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This workshop will feature guided practice in the enjoyment of yojohan (4 ½ mat) hira kagetsu and koicha tsuki kagetsu. Instruction will be provided in English. Participants should have a basic knowledge of ro usucha and koicha. No prior kagetsu experience is necessary.


DATE - Monday, March 28, 2016
SEATINGS - 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
FEE - $35

This annual memorial tea will honor Sen Rikyu (1522-1591), the founder of the three Sen schools of Chanoyu. Wabicha, the style of tea that reflects a simple and quiet taste, is the contribution that Rikyu is most remembered for. Guests will offer flowers in Rikyu's memory and will also enjoy kyara incense. Traditional sweets and koicha, thick tea, will be served. No prior experience is necessary.

SAVE THE DATES - Sunday, April 3 - Cherry Blossom Viewing tea at the Nichibeikai Kansoan tearoom in SF. Japantown.
                                     Saturday, April 23 - Spring Kaiseki Workshop at JCCCNC in SF Japantown. (FLYER)

* Please Email teatimes@chanoyu.com, 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.

Kimika Takechi & Larry Tiscornia