June, July & August 2010
We teach ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of
Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. If you would like to
experience Chanoyu first hand, and have a lesson on being a guest,
we have scheduled 3 dates. Please email or telephone for either
Monday, June 21, July 26 or August 23, at 7p.m. Fee $20. Please
Email us to make a reservation
or for more information about these special classes.
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
The theme of the tea will be tanabata, the star festival,
an ancient Chinese legend that has been celebrated in Japan from
the 8th century. The legend centers around two stars, Vega, the
weaver maiden and Altair, the herdsman. The heavenly king allowed
the two lovers to meet once a year on the 7th night of the 7th
moon. They would meet on a bridge formed by the outstretched wings
of heavenly magpies, but only if it were a clear night. If not
they were forced to wait another year.
Traditional seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki
meal will be served. No prior experience is necessary.
This workshop will include a demonstration of the basic points
in creating the nimonji oshikiri ash formation. There will also
be a discussion of the various styles of haigata used at the Urasenke
School of Tea. Participants are encouraged to bring their own
brazier for guided practice. Sweets and tea will be served.
Daimonji okuribi is the "Great Bonfire" event
observed in Kyoto on Aug. 16, to end the observance of obon,
the All Souls Festival. A great fire in the shape of the character
dai, or big, is lit on the side of a Kyoto hillside to
send ancestors back after their yearly 3 day visit. Families travel
throughout Japan to their hometowns for this yearly ritual. Various
seasonal utensils will be used during the tea.
Traditional seasonal sweets and tea will be served. This event
is open to anyone wishing to enjoy Japanese culture through Chanoyu,
the tea ceremony. No prior experience is necessary.
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 tea ceremony.
* 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.