Tea Times May, June & July 2008
We teach ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of
Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. If you would like to
experience Chanoyu first hand, and have a lesson on being a guest,
we have scheduled 3 dates. Please email or telephone for either
Monday, May 19, June 2 or July 14 at 4:30p.m. or 7:30p.m. No prior
experience is necessary and the class fee is $20. Please
Email us to make a reservation
or for more information about these special classes.
Kimika, Larry and their students will host a tea celebrating
tango no sekku, the Boys' Day Festival, at the NichibeikaiKansoan
tearoom, 1759 Sutter St., S.F.
The festival dates from the Heian period and is celebrated in
Japan on May 5. It is also called shobu no sekku, the Iris
Festival as well as the Children's Day Festival. This tea
is open to anyone who enjoys Japanese culture and wants to experience
a traditional tea gathering.
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. Participants will enjoy guided practice in making
arrangements. Sweets and tea will be served at the end of the
The theme of the tea will be tanabata, the star festival,
an ancient Chinese legend that has been celebrated in Japan from
the 8th century. The legend centers around two stars, Vega, the
weaver maiden and Altair, the herdsman. The heavenly king allowed
the two lovers to meet once a year on the 7th night of the 7th
moon. They would meet on a bridge formed by the outstretched wings
of heavenly magpies, but only if it were a clear night. If not
they were forced to wait another year. Traditional seasonal
sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki meal will
be served. No prior experience is necessary.
Please call the Japanese Cultural Community Center in SF (415-567-5505)
for more information and to make reservations. You can also
view the class announcements on their web site: Wagashi class Kaiseki
* 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.