May, June & July 2018
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 6:30 p.m. - Fee $20 (for Monday guest experience.)
An introduction 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. (Please contact us to arrange date and
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.
This traditional Japanese wagashi (sweet making) class
will feature tamasudare and sasamaki. Tamasudare
is a layer of sweetened kanten (agar agar) wrapped around
sweet bean paste giving the feeling of a jeweled reed blind. Sasmaki
is a steamed bamboo leaf wrapped sweet containing a kurozato
(black sugar) kuzu starch filling. The freshly made sweets
and tea will be served at the end of the class. No prior experience
is necessary. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.
Gion Matsuri, one of the major yearly festivals in Kyoto,
Japan, will be celebrated during this summer 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 good health, this grand festival was held. Traditional seasonal
sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki meal will
be served. No prior experience is necessary.
Chabana, the art of flower arranging for Chanoyu (Japanese
tea ceremony), will be the focus of this hands-on summer 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
summer arrangements. Sweets and tea will be served at the end
of the workshop. No prior experience is necessary.
This workshop will feature guided practice in the enjoyment
of yojohan (4 ½ mat) sumitsuki kagetsu, hira
kagetsu and kininkiyotsugu kagetsu. Instruction will
be provided in English. Participants should have a basic knowledge
of Urasenke furo usucha as well as kinindate. No
prior kagetsu experience is necessary.