Tea Times May & June 2000



Chanoyu has been referred to as the "Japanese Tea Ceremony" for many years but the word literally means hot water for tea. The simple art of Chanoyu is a synthesis of many traditional Japanese arts including Zen.

We conduct ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. Classes are open to anyone who desires to learn more about this peaceful Japanese art.

Please Email us to make arrangements to visit a class and have a bowl of tea.



DATE - Saturday, May 20, 2000

TIME - 2 p.m.

FEE - $50

Shoburo, the opening of the brazier to begin the summer season, will be celebrated during this traditional Chanoyu event. The brazier is opened on May 1, in the Urasenke tradition of tea. Baskets are also used as the selection of flowers is more plentiful. This tea will bring forth the many seasonal changes with the selection of utensils, poetic images and seasonal ingredients.

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.



DATE - Friday, May 26, 2000

TIME - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FEE - $50

Shogo chaji, the noon tea gathering during the summer months in the Urasenke tradition of tea, will be explored during this workshop. The theme will be shoburo, the opening of the brazier for the summer season in tea. This workshop will include the laying of the charcoal fire, traditional sweets and both thick and thin tea. (The serving and eating of the kaiseki meal will not be included.) Various utensils reflecting the season will be used.

This workshop is open to anyone who enjoys tea. No prior experience is necessary. Those participants who have not studied Urasenke tea for at least 1 year will be in the guest position during this workshop.


WAGASHI CLASS (sweet making)

DATE - Friday, June 16, 2000

TIME - 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

FEE - $30

This traditional wagashi, Japan-ese sweet making, class will feature summer sweets. Included will be minazuki and kingyokukan. Minazuki, the poetic name for June meaning "Rainless Month," is a sweet made from rice flour that is steamed. It is cut into triangles and topped with sweet adzuki beans. Tradition is that eating this sweet will protect one from evil and bring relief from the intense summer heat. Kingyokukan is usually served chilled and is made using kanten (agar agar) as the gelling medium. Various flavorings can be added to bring a seasonal feeling to the finished sweet.

This class will be mostly demonstration. The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will also be provided. No prior experience is necessary.


CHABANA WORKSHOP (flower arranging for tea)

DATE - Friday, June 23, 2000

TIME - 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

FEE - $30

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. Summer flowers will be featured during this workshop. Participants will enjoy guided practice in making seasonal arrangements. Sweets and tea will be served at the conclusion of the workshop.

Please Email for more information or to make reservations. Advance payment by mail will confirm your telephone 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