Tea Times Oct., Nov. & Dec. 2001



We conduct ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, 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.


KOHDO & CHANOYU (incense and tea)

DATE – Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001

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

FEE - $30

This workshop will feature incense as it is enjoyed in the tearoom. There will be a discussion of the Chanoyu gathering and a demonstration of how to prepare a censor using the various traditional incense utensils. Participants will enjoy 2 varieties of kyara, the best of the aged aloes wood incense. They will also have a chance to write a seasonal poem related to the incense. No prior experience is necessary. Traditional sweets and tea will also be served at the conclusion of the workshop.



DATE - Saturday Nov. 17, 2001

TIME - 4 p.m.

FEE - $70

The theme of the tea will be robiraki, the opening of the hearth that begins the winter season in tea. The hearth is traditionally opened on Nov. 1, at Urasenke. In olden times it was done on an auspicious day, usually a wild boar day as the board is thought to be a protector from fire. Rikyu also said the hearth should be opened when the yuzu, citron, turns from green to yellow signaling the beginning of the cold season.

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.


WAGASHI CLASS (sweet making)

DATE - Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001

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

FEE - $30

This traditional wagashi, Japan-ese sweet making, class will feature karukan and chakinshibori. Karukan, is a steamed cake like sweet made with rice flour and grated mountain yam. It will also have chestnuts in the finished sweet. Chakinshibori, is made from smooth bean paste that is gently pressed in a damp cotton cloth to form various shapes.

This class will include both demonstration and hands-on practice. 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.



DATE – Friday, Dec. 14, 2001

TIME – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FEE - $50

Shogo chaji, the noon tea gathering done during the winter months, will be explored during this workshop. 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.)

This workshop is open to anyone who enjoys tea. Those participants who have not studied Urasenke tea for at least 1 year will be in the guest position.


JOYAGAMA (final gathering)

DATE - Friday, Dec 28, 2001

SEATINGS - 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

FEE - $30

Joyagama, our final tea gathering of 2001, is a time to share tea with friends and enjoy the memories of the past year. It is also a time to bid farewell to the year of the serpent. Utensils reflecting the feeling of the season will be used during this tea.

Joyagama is traditionally held on December 31, in Japan. Toshikoshi, year passing festivities, include the eating of toshikoshi soba, long thin buckwheat noodles, for longevity and good health. Traditional sweets, tea and toshikoshi soba will be served.

This tea is open to anyone who wants to experience Japanese culture through Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony.


Please Email teatimes@chanoyu.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.

Kimika Takechi & Larry Tiscornia