Sept., Oct., Nov. & Dec. 2010
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. 13, Oct. 11 or Dec. 6, at 7p.m. Fee $20. Please
Email us to make a reservation
or for more information about these special classes.
Jugoya, the autumn moon, will be celebrated during this
tea gathering. The harvest moon was celebrated in China as early
as the Han Dynasty (206B.C.-24A.D.) and was popular from the 10th
century in Japan. In Kyoto, the Osawa Pond of the Daikakuji Temple
is one of the most renown places to view the autumn moon. Jugoya
is sometimes referred to as imo meigetsu or the potato
This tea is open to anyone who enjoys traditional Japanese culture.
Each guest will enjoy seasonal sweets, tea and a kaiseki
style tenshin meal. Various utensils with seasonal motifs
as well as autumn ingredients will be used.
This traditional wagashi, Japanese sweet making, class
will feature hishihanabiramochi and suhama. Hishihanabiramochi
is a special New Year's sweet with a soft outer gyuhi skin
folded over candied burdock and miso flavored sweet bean paste.
Suhama is a semi-dry sweet using kinako, roasted
soy bean flour and gyuhi mochi. It can be molded and shaped
into many seasonal representations.
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 2009 , 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 tiger. 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.
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 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.