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.
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.
DATE - Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001
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.
DATE - Friday, Dec 28, 2001
SEATINGS - 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
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
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 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.