June & July 2012
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 Monday,
May 14, June 11 or July 16 at 7:00 p.m. Fee $20. Please Email
us to make a reservation or for more information about these special
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
This traditional wagashi, Japanese sweet making, class will
feature minazuki and kuzu manju. Minazuki,
the poetic name for June meaning "Rainless Month," is
a sweet made from rice flour that is steamed. It is cut into triangles
representing ice and topped with sweet azuki beans. Tradition
is that eating this sweet on June 30 will protect one from evil
and bring relief from the intense summer heat. Kuzu manju
has an outer convering of kudzu starch enrobing sweet bean paste.
A sweet with the poetic name mizubotan (water peony) will
be created with the kuzu manju.
This class will include both demonstration and some hands-on practice.
The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the
class. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.
Hotarugari, firefly viewing, will be the theme of this
summer tea gathering. Various utensils that reflect the season,
and this wonder summer activity in Kyoto, will be used during
the tea. 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. No prior experience is necessary.
This Chanoyu experience will bring tea practitioners together
to share in the enjoyment of tea through kagetsu. The morning
exchange will feature hira kagetsu and koicha tsuki
kagetsu in an 8 mat room. The afternoon exchange will feature
mugon kagetsu and kininkiyotsugu kagetsu. A bento
box lunch will be provided to participants.Open to all Urasenke
tea practitioners with your teacher's approval.
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.
* Please Email email@example.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.