Tea Times May, June & July 2009
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 reservations.
Monday's May 25, June 22 or July 13 at 4:00p.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.
This workshop will include a demonstration of the basic points
in creating the nimonji oshikiri ash formation. There will
also be a discussion of the various styles of haigata used
at the Urasenke School of Tea.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own brazier for guided
practice. Sweets and tea will be served.
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
Gion Matsuri, one of the three major Kyoto festivals,
will be celebrated during this 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 health this
grand festival was held.
Traditional seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki
meal will be served. No prior experience is necessary.
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 tea ceremony.