Tea Times                                           June, July & August 2013             


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 at 7:00 p.m. - Fee $20 Please Email us to make a reservation or for more information about these special classes.

(flower arranging for tea)

DATE - Friday, June 7, 2013
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Chabana, the art of flower arranging for Chanoyu, will be the focus of this hands-on summer 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.


DATE - Sunday, June 16, 2013
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop will include a demonstration of the basic points in creating the nimonji oshikiri ash formation. The special summer form called toyama (distant mountain) will also be introduced. There will also be a discussion of the various styles of haigata used in the Urasenke tradition of tea. Participants are encouraged to bring their own brazier. The second half of the workshop will include guided practice in both the nimonji oshikiri and toyama ash formations.



Saturday, June 22, 2013
12 noon - 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION - 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco
$40 ($30 members)

This summer workshop will feature aosudofu (green pea "tofu"), cold somen noodles with prawns in a bainiku (pickled plum) sauce, asparagus kinomeae (prickly ash dressing) and shiso gohan (perilla rice). The class will be mostly demonstration, with some hands-on arranging, and participants will be able to sample the dishes that are prepared during the class. Easy to follow recipes will also be provided.

Please call the Japanese Cultural Community Center in SF (415-567-5505) for more information and to make reservations. You can also make reservations online 6/22 Kaiseki class.
Download the flyer for the workshop.


DATE - Friday, June 28, 2013
TIME - 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
FEE - $35

This traditional Japanese sweet making class will feature sasamaki and ajisai kinton. Sasamaki is a summer sweet made with kuzu starch and black sugar. It is wrapped in a bamboo leaf and steamed. Ajisai kinton is made from sweet bean paste that is pressed through a sieve into strands. The strands are gathered and the finished sweet has glistening jewels of agar agar added representing dew on the ajisai (hydrangea). The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.

(Gion Summer Festival)

DATE - Sunday, July 14, 2013
12noon to 2p.m.

Gion Matsuri, one of the major yearly festivals in Japan, will be celebrated during this summer tea gathering. The festival originated in the 9th century when a plague struck Kyoto. To help rid the city of the disease, and to bring renewed spirit and good health, this grand festival was held. Traditional seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki meal will be served. No prior experience is necessary.

(Kagetsu Exchange)

DATE - Sunday, August 11, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 3:30pm
Location - Nichibeikai Culture Center, 1759 Sutter St., SF

This chanoyu experience will bring Urasenke tea practitioners together to share in the enjoyment of tea through kagetsu. The morning exchange will feature hira kagetsu and koicha tsuki kagetsu in an 8 mat room. The afternoon exchange will feature kininkiyotsugu koicha tsuki kagetsu and sanyu no shiki. A bento box lunch will be provided to participants.


Thurs., June 13, 2013
(7p.m. - 9p.m.)
Thurs., July 11, 2013
(7p.m. - 9p.m.)
Thurs., August 8, 2013 (7p.m. - 9p.m.)
FEE - $25

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 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