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January 2019


The First Tea of the New Year

2019 is the Year of the Boar, the twelfth sign of the zodiac.

The tearoom in early January is a marvelous environment. Auspicious decorations accompany these gatherings that reflect the zodiac sign of the boar and the emperor’s poetic theme, 光 (hikari, light). Please join us to welcome the New Year together in the tearoom.


Foundation Students’ Gathering
DATE: Sunday, January 13
TIME: 2 p.m.
RSVP: Open to full-time students of the Foundation. Reservations are necessary.

Tenshin Gathering (thick tea and osechi)
DATE: Sunday, January 20
TIME: 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
RSVP: Reservations are necessary and must be secured with a check. Please telephone 415.433.6553 or email contact@urasenke.org for further information. RSVP by January 4 to reserve your seat.

Hatsugama Open Hearth (thin tea)
DATE: Monday, January 21
TIME: 6 p.m.
RSVP: Reservations are necessary and must be secured with a check. The fee is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Please call 415.433.6553 or email contact@urasenke.org to reserve your seat.


Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco: The Way of Tea Program

January 25 & 30, February 8
If you are interested in applying for your class or organization and would like more information, please contact ryan.okada@sr.mofa.go.jp

To promote a deeper understanding of Japan in the local community, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has invited the Urasenke Foundation San Francisco to present its 2019 Way of Tea Program. Each gathering will cover the history and practice of the Way of Tea through hands-on participation. The Way of Tea will be discussed in terms relevant to the class topic for each group that attends. The program is open to school groups from elementary through college level. More information about the program may be found on the Consulate-General's site.


Educational Gatherings

The Foundation welcomes school groups (kindergarten through university) and other groups for lecture-presentations at its tearoom facilities. These occasions are individually designed to the interests of each group such as language, literature, aesthetics, philosophy, or history. Please telephone 415.433.6553 to make arrangements.


Northern California Chayu no Kai Events

The Northern California Chayu no Kai or Friends of Tea Association provides opportunities for camaraderie and the enjoyment of the culture of tea among practitioners of the Way of Tea. You need not be a member of the Urasenke Foundation San Francisco to participate, Chayu no Kai membership is open to all. Activities are based on knowledge of tea practice. Chayu no Kai events include regular kagetsu classes in addition to various workshops, chakai and chaji throughout the year. Please call the Urasenke Foundation at 415.433.6553 for more information on joining.

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