Kimika Soko Takechi & Larry Sokyo Tiscornia are long time
instructors of the traditional Japanese art of Chanoyu, the tea
ceremony. They teach Chanoyu and its many related arts in San
Francisco, California, and travel to many places sharing their
knowledge with others. They also lecture and give demonstrations
at both public and private schools as well as colleges and universities.
They received their professional tea names in 1985 from Sen Soshitsu
XV, the now retired head tea master of the Urasenke School of
Tea, in Kyoto, Japan. The name Soko translates to "fragrance"
and Sokyo to "bridge" and both received the Junkyoju,
associate professor, degree from the Urasenke School in 1994.
Kimika is from Iyo City, in Shikoku, Japan, and came to the
U.S. in 1975 to study English at both Holy Names College and the
University of San Francisco. She graduated from City College of
S.F. and has also taken classes at S.F. State University. She
worked as an artist in traditional Kimono design in Kyoto and
has been studying and teaching tea for 40 years. She is also an
accomplished artist specializing in watercolors.
Larry, a San Francisco native, attended both City College of
San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has been interested in traditional
Japanese arts for many years and owned and operated one of the
first Sushi restaurants in S.F. in 1974. He began his tea study
in 1976 and trained for 6 years at the Urasenke Tea School headquarters
in Kyoto from 1979 to 1985. He graduated from both the international
division and the professional Japanese division of the school.
He returned to S.F. in 1985 as a tea instructor at the Urasenke
Foundation of S.F until 1988. Since then he and Kimika have been
teaching Urasenke Chanoyu privately in San Francisco and share
the joy of tea with many.
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them in San Francisco.