Tea Times Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2009
We teach ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of
Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. If you would like to
experience Chanoyu first hand, and have a lesson on being a guest,
we have scheduled 3 dates. Please email or telephone for either
Monday, Sept. 21, Oct. 19 or Nov. 30 at 4p.m. or 7:30p.m. Fee
$20. Please Email us
to make a reservation or for more information about these special
Chabana, the art of flower arranging for Chanoyu, will
be the focus of this hands-on workshop. Chabana has deep
roots in the more stylized Ikebana arrangements. This simpler
style was used in the tearoom by early tea masters when they invited
guests for tea.
This workshop will include a discussion of the principles of chabana
as well as an overview of the various styles of vases and baskets
that can be used. Participants will enjoy guided practice in making
arrangements. Sweets and tea will be served at the end of the
This workshop will feature incense as it is enjoyed in the
tearoom. There will be 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. Traditional sweets and tea will also
October is the final month of the summer season in tea. As
we transition to the opening of the hearth in November, it is
a time to gather with friends and reflect on the past while sharing
tea. This nostalgic gathering is the essence of Wabi tea. Utensils
used during this special time will be used during the tea.
Traditional seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin style kaiseki
meal will be served. No prior experience is necessary.
Please call the Japanese Cultural Community Center in SF (415-567-5505)
for more information and to make reservations. You can also
view the class announcements on their web site:
Kaiseki class 10/10 Wagashi class
The shogo chaji, or noon tea gathering, is the ultimate
chance to experience the full Japanese tea ceremony. The theme
of the tea will be robiraki, the opening of the hearth
that begins the winter season in tea. In olden times it was done
on an auspicious day, usually a wild boar day as the boar is thought
to be a protector from fire.
This chaji will include the full kaiseki meal, the
charcoal ceremony, traditional wagashi sweets and both
koicha (thick tea) and usucha (thin tea). Utensils
reflecting the season will be used. No prior experience is necessary.
These special workshops will introduce first time participants
to the Zen choreography in making a bowl of tea. Participants
will have guided practice in all of the steps necessary to prepare
a tasty bowl of matcha, powdered green tea, with an open mind
and pure heart.
This workshop will be a good introduction for those who wish to
further pursue their study of Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony.
* Please Email email@example.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.