Tea Times                                                     October, November & December 2019          


This workshop will be an introduction to the mindfulness experience doing the basic bonryaku tray tea ceremony. Participants will have 6-guided lessons in all of the steps necessary to prepare a tasty bowl of matcha, powdered green tea, with an open mind and pure heart. The workshop fee is $300 and the 6 lessons must be completed in 2-months. We also offer one-time workshops and the fee is $75 per person. Please contact us to register and to arrange convenient dates and time.

(Tea Ceremony Class)
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 5:30 p.m. - Fee $20 (for Monday guest experience.)

(sweet making)

DATE - Saturday, October 12, 2019
TIME - 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
FEE - $40
This traditional wagashi Japanese sweet making class will feature kimishigure and misomatsukaze. Kimishigure is a steamed sweet with an outer covering of sweet bean paste and egg yolks. Misomatsukaze is a steamed wheat flour cake made with black sugar and two types of miso paste. The finished sweet is browned on a grill before serving. The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.


DATE - Saturday, November 9, 2019
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This workshop will feature guided practice in the enjoyment of yojohan (4 ½ mat) hira kagetsu, koicha tsuki kagetsu and sumi tsuki kagetsu. Instruction will be provided in English. Participants should have a basic knowledge of ro usucha. No prior kagetsu experience is necessary. It is also fine to enjoy this practice as an obsrever.



Saturday, December 14, 2019
12 noon - 3 p.m.
LOCATION - 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco
$55 ($45 members)

This Winter & New Year's kaiseki workshop will feature shiromisakana no kubujime (kelp marinated white fish), kaburamushi (steamed fish & prawns topped with egg white and grated daikon radish), tatakigobo (burdock root in a sesame dressing) & sekihan (red beans and rice [aka "happy rice"]). Ichiban dashi soup stock will also be made using konbu (kelp) and katsuobushi (shaved dried bonito). The class will be mostly demonstration. Participants will sample the dishes prepared and easy to follow recipes will be provided.
(Note -Reservations: www.jcccnc.org or call 415-567-5505 Japanese Cultural Community Center -1840 Sutter St., SF)

(sweet making)

DATE - Saturday, December 21, 2019
TIME - 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
FEE - $40

This traditional wagashi, Japanese sweet making, class will feature hishihanabiramochi. Hishihanabiramochi is a special New Year's sweet with a soft outer gyuhi mochi skin folded over miso flavored sweet bean paste and candied burdock root. We will also be making yukimochi kinton, a traditional Kyoto style Chanoyu sweet made with nagaimo, long yam, and sweet bean paste that resembles a snowball. The freshly made sweets and tea will be served at the end of the class. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.

(year end tea gathering)

- Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
SEATINGS - 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
FEE - $40

Joyagama, our final tea gathering of 2019, is a time to enjoy tea with family and friends and to enjoy the memories of the past year. Utensils reflecting the feeling of the season will be used during this tea. Joyagama is traditionally held on December 31, in Japan. Traditional sweets, tea and toshikoshisoba will be served. This tea is open to anyone who wants to experience Japanese culture through Chanoyu, the tea ceremony. No prior experience is necessary.

* 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