Tea Times                              March, April & May 2019          


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.)


DATE - Monday, March 25, 2019
SEATINGS - 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 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.

(Chabana Workshops)


DATES - Saturday, March 30, 2019
              Saturday, May 18, 2019
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.

(Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea)

Saturday, April 6, 2019
12 noon to 4 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. Guests will enjoy the full seasonal kaiseki meal and both koicha, thick tea, and usucha, thin tea. Utensils reflective of the season will be used. No prior experience is necessary.

(sweet making)

DATE - Saturday, April 20, 2019
TIME - 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
FEE - $40
This traditional wagashi Japanese sweet making class will feature aoume konashi and ukishima. Aoume konashi is steamed and kneaded sweet bean paste formed into the shape of seasonal green plums used for making umeboshi. Ukishima (floating island) is a 2 layered steamed sweet made with cake flour, rice flour, eggs and koshian, smooth sweet bean paste. The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.

(First Summer Tea)

DATE - Saturday, May 4, 2019
12noon to 2p.m.
Shoburo, the opening of the brazier to begin the summer season, will be celebrated during this traditional Chanoyu gathering. The brazier is opened on May 1, in the Urasenke tradition of tea. This tea will bring forth the many seasonal changes with the selection of utensils, poetic images and seasonal ingredients and dishes. Traditional seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki meal will be served. This event is open to anyone wishing to enjoy Japanese culture through Chanoyu, the tea ceremony.

(incense and tea)

- Saturday, May 11, 2019
TIME - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FEE - $40
This workshop will feature incense as it is enjoyed in the tearoom. There will be a demonstration of how to prepare a censor using the various traditional incense utensils. Participants will enjoy 2 varieties of kyara, the best of the aged aloes wood incense. They will also have a chance to write a seasonal poem related to the incense. Sweets and tea will be served at the conclusion of the workshop. No experience necessary.

SAVE THE DATE - Sat., June 15 - JCCCNC Kaiseki Workshop / Sat., June 29 - Hotarugari Tenshin Tea

* 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