Tea Times  October, November & December 2007


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. Events and classes are held in San Francisco.Please Email us to make arrangements to visit a class and have a bowl of tea.


DATE - Saturday, October 27, 2007
TIME - 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
FEE - $100

This special hands-on work-shop will give participants the chance to touch many aspects of Chanoyu.  The morning will begin by making a traditional wagashi sweet. It will be followed by everyone making a bowl of matcha, fine powdered green tea. After a hands-on experience at chabana flower arranging there will be a lunch break.

The afternoon will begin with the enjoyment of incense and the writing of a seasonal poem. Everyone will then learn the basics of how to be a guest for a tea gathering. The day will end with a seasonal tea gathering where you will be a guest.


- Saturday, December 15, 2007
TIME - 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
FEE - $30

This traditional wagashi, Japanese sweet making, class will feature hishihanabiramochi and ukishima. Hishi- hanabiramochi is a special New Year's sweet with a soft outer gyuhi skin folded over candied burdock and miso flavored sweet bean paste. Ukishima (floating island) is a 2 layered steamed sweet made with two types of flour and koshian, smooth sweet bean paste.

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.

(final gathering)

- Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007
SEATINGS - 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
FEE - $30

Joyagama, our final tea gathering of 2007 , 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 boar. 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