Tea Times                              February, March & April 2020         


This workshop will be an introduction to the mindfulness experience doing the basic bonryaku tray tea ceremony. Participants will have 6-guided lessons in all of the steps necessary to prepare a tasty bowl of matcha, powdered green tea, with an open mind and pure heart. The workshop fee is $300 and the 6 lessons must be completed in 2-months. We also offer one-time workshops and the fee is $75 per person. Please contact us to register and to arrange convenient dates and time.

(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 5:30 p.m. - Fee $20 (for Monday guest experience.)

(sweet making)

DATE - Saturday, February 8, 2020
TIME - 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
FEE - $40
This traditional wagashi sweet making class will feature uguisumochi and hichigiri. Uguisumochi is made from sweet rice flour that has the yomogi, mugwort, herb mixed in. It has a center of sweet bean paste and is shaped like uguisu, spring nightingales. The mochi part of this sweet will be made in a microwave oven. Hichigiri is a traditional Kyoto style sweet served during the hinamatsuri Doll Festival in March. The name hichigiri literally means "pull and cut" and refers to the shape of the finished sweet. Sweet pink or white bean paste finishes this seasonal sweet. The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.


DATE - Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
12 noon to 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 special 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. No prior experience is necessary.

(Chabana Workshop)


DATES - Saturday, March 7, 2020
              TIME - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
FEE - $40
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.



Saturday, March 21, 2020
12 noon - 3 p.m.
LOCATION - 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco
$60 ($50 members)

This spring kaiseki workshop will include chirashi sushi wrapped in an egg omelet, nuta (scallops and green onions in a miso dressing), yomogi gomadofu (sesame "tofu" with spring mugwort herb). Ichiban dashi soup stock will also be made using konbu (kelp) and katsuobushi (shaved dried bonito). The class will be mostly demonstration. Participants will sample the dishes prepared and easy to follow recipes will be provided.
(Note -Reservations: www.jcccnc.org or call 415-567-5505) Japanese Cultural Community Center -1840 Sutter St., SF


DATE - Monday, March 23, 2020
TIME - 7:30 p.m.
FEE - $40
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.

(Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea)

DATE - Saturday, April 4, 2020
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.

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - Wagashi Class (Kimishigure & Suhama)

* 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