Recently, the Seattle Japanese Garden's Community Blog shared an interview Naomi Takemura, the chief administrator of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association, one of the two chado schools that do tea ceremony at the garden.
(Naomi Takemura. photo source)
You can read the interview with Naomi Takemura on the SJG's Community Blog. Tea ceremony is a fascinating part of Japanese culture. As I mentioned before, I personally don't know anything about tea ceremony, but I do find it appealing. Not just because of the association with kimono, but also because of its calming, meditative nature. Sometimes in the midst of an especially stressful day, I find myself wanting to disconnect and reflect in a serene environment.
Tea ceremony demonstrations are often presented at the many Japanese Culture events around Seattle, however it is different from experiencing tea ceremony in the Japanese gardens. If you would like to experience tea ceremony at the Seattle Japanese Gardens, I have listed the demonstration dates below. If you would like to see about getting a group together with the Seattle/Tacoma Kimono Club, let us know, either by commenting on this blog or on our Facebook group.
(Shoseian Tea House @ Seattle Japanese Garden. photo source)
Chado Presentations, by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai
These are 40 minute presentations in the Shoseian tea house, seated on tatami mats. Wearing kimono is not required, but they ask that you do not wear jeans, rings, fragrances, and you must wear socks. Reservations are required. Please call 206-684-4725 for reservations, or contact the kimono club either on this blog post or on Facebook if you would like to try and set up a club meet-up. The presentation dates link to the Kimono Club's Facebook event pages.
There are two presentations each day, at 1 and 2 pm.
Chado Demonstrations, by Urasenke Foundation Seattle
These demonstrations require no reservation, and is viewed from the patio at no charge. You can purchase a $5 ticket at the garden's gate if you would like to taste a bowl of tea and sweets. There is a limit of 20 tickets per demonstration.
There are two demonstrations each day, at 1 and 2pm.
June 16th, Saturday
July 21st, Saturday
August 18th, Saturday
September 15th, Saturday
October 20th, Saturday
Chado Demonstrations at the Seattle Asian Art Museum,
These demonstrations take place at the tea house of the third floor of SAM Downtown. The demonstration is free with museum admittance, seating is limited. You can register online, or you can contact the kimono club if you would like to try and set up a group meet-up.
June 21st, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, by Bonnie Mitchell of East-West Chanoyu Center
July 15th, Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm, by Naomi Takemura of Chado Urasenke Tankokai
July 19th, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, by Bonnie Mitchell of East-West Chanoyu Center
September 16th, Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm, by Nobuko Iwamura of Chado Urasenke Tankokai
September 20th, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, by Bonnie Mitchell of East-West Chanoyu Center