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April 2019


Chanoyu Lecture: On the Concept of "Soso" in the Yamanoue Sojiki

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Advance registration is required: please call 415.433.6553 or email contact@urasenke.org.
$5 for students of the Foundation, $15 for non-members

Dr. Minjeong Park, a curator at the Nomura Museum and Urasenke tea instructor, will explore in depth the concept of “Soso” as evidenced in the Yamanoue Sojiki, a sixteenth-century tea text.


Urasenke Chayu no Kai to Present Tea at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

  Saturday, April 20, seatings at 1, 2, 3, 4 p.m.
Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Arrive early to be seated for tea.

In support of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, the Urasenke Chayu no Kai, or Urasenke Friends of Tea Group, will be hosting tea gatherings throughout the afternoon. Please join them for a sweet and a bowl of tea. Location is the Tateuchi Auditorium in the Nihonmachi Little Friends Building at 1830 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Please visit sfcherryblossom.org or contact festival organizers at 415.563.2313 for additional festival information.


Class Chaji

Rice being prepared in the ro at chahangama chaji.

Sunday, April 7
Open to Foundation students

Welcoming guests to the formal chaji tea gathering is the raison d'être of studying chanoyu. One of the traditional forms of chaji is selected for study, with students taking the various responsibilities belonging to both host and guest. This opportunity to study and experience chaji is offered to full-time students of the Urasenke Foundation.


Chanoyu Presentations at Karakuan
Sokiku Nakatani Tearoom and Garden
California State University, Sacramento

April 22 & 23

These popular tea gatherings are held in the tearoom inside the University Library, CSU Sacramento. The tearoom was named Karakuan 嘉楽庵 by Zabosai Oiemoto, sixteenth generation master of Urasenke Konnichian. Gatherings are open to University students and faculty as well as those who are interested in the Way of Tea. Reservations are necessary. If your school or community group would like to schedule a visit, please contact Sally Hitchcock at 916.278.5954.
For more information, go to the California State University Library website.


July/August 2019: Tea & Zen Seminar and Tea & Incense Workshop
Application Deadline is June 1

The 2019 Tea and Zen Seminar will be held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from Wednesday, July 31, to Sunday, August 4. This seminar offers the opportunity to study tea in the Urasenke Tradition, join the Green Gulch community in Zen meditation, explore the connection between Zen and the Way of Tea, and enjoy the relaxed setting of a temple surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland.

Following the five-day seminar, a special two-day Tea and Incense workshop will be offered August 5 and 6. The Way of Tea and the appreciation of incense have long been intertwined. This workshop will explore those historical connections, as well as how incense is enjoyed and practiced in the tearoom. Instruction will begin with how to prepare the incense burner (koro), and the manner in which to appreciate incense, and then proceed to temae and shichijishiki procedures that include incense. Both fragrant wood and blended incense will be addressed. It will be a redolent two days!

Participants may attend both the seminar and workshop or either event separately. Seminar and workshop are open to those currently studying tea in the Urasenke Tradition. For more information, please visit www.sfzc.org or contact Green Gulch Zen Center at tea@sfzc.org.


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. This month, educational programs will be presented for students from Park Day School. If your organization or school group is interested in scheduling a special program, 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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