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
us to make arrangements to visit a class and have a bowl of tea.
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.
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
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
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.