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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.