December 5, 2017 The Emperor’s Birthday Reception

On Tuesday, December 5, a reception celebrating the December 23 birthday of the Heisei Emperor was held at the Official Residence of the Japanese Consul General in Los Angeles. An outdoor Chado demonstration by our association was included in the official program. Over100 guests enjoyed matcha tea and we all celebrated the Emperor’s birthday.

November 19, 2017 Sotanki

On Sunday, November 19, Sotanki, a memorial tea gathering in honor of Sen Sotan, was held at Nichiren Buddhist Temple. It started with Hanayose (flower offering), followed by Ku-cha (tea offering to Sotan) and Dr. Corbett’s lecture about “Women in Tea History.”

October 29, 2017 Huntington Chado demonstration

On Sunday, October 29, a Chado demonstration and tea service event was held at the Huntington Library and Gardens. It was a sold-out event and an additional demonstration was added to accommodate UCLA students. The participants observed a demonstration at the Seifuan Tea House before moving to the Ikebana House to experience a demonstration of Shunjudana temae and enjoying sweets … Read More

August 19 and 20, 2017 Nisei Week Chado Demonstration

In August, 2017, the 77th Nisei Week Festival was held in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles. As part of the festival, we, Urasenke Tankokai Los Angeles Association presented chado demonstration at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday July 20. As many as 700 people came to visit us during the weekend, … Read More

July 15 and 16, 2017 Chado Demonstration at Lotus Festival

Lotus Festival Chado Demonstration and Workshop The city of Los Angeles hosted “Lotus Festival” at Echo Park in downtown LA on Saturday, July 15 and on Sunday, July 16, 2017. We participated in the festival for the second time, following the last year’s big success. With a courtesy of the City, the chado demonstration and ‘make your own tea’ workshop … Read More

April 23 – May 14, 2017 Chado, Kado, Shodo Cultural Exhibition

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, as part of “EXPORE AND EXPERIENCE SADO, KADO, SHODO CULTURAL EXHIBITION” (April 23, 2017 – May 14, 2017) by JACCC, we, Urasenke Tankokai LA Association held Chado demonstration for about 50 participants. The venue had display of Ikebana, the Japanese flower arrangement (Kado) and Japanese calligraphy (Shodo). Tabi-dansu Shiba-date demonstration was presented to the participants. … Read More

April 24, 2017 Chado Demonstration at Da Vinci High School

On Monday, April 24, 2017, the Chado demonstration was held at Da Vinci High School in Hawthorne City, CA. 28 Students participated in the event. After the brief introduction of the history of Chado and the spirit of “Wa Kei Sei Jaku” or “Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility”, the students watched the demonstration and participated in the tea-whisking workshop. Everyone … Read More

April 23, 2017 Japanese Tea Experience at Huntington

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, the Chado demonstration was held at Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The gate leading to the Japanese tea house Seifuan, which is normally closed to public, welcomed the guests for this special occasion. The guests enjoyed the guided tour of the tea garden, tea house, and participated in the … Read More

April 6, 2017 Teicha at Seifuan

On April 6, 2017 we served tea at the Seifuan Tea House in the Huntington Gardens, San Marino California, for the guests from UC Santa Barbara. The participants enjoyed strolling through the Japanese gardens where the azalea is in broom, admired the tea house and its pathways and then moved to the bench. Under the blue sky, they received the … Read More

April 2, 2017 Chado Demonstration at SCI-Arc

Chado Demonstration. On April 2, 2017, we had Chado demonstration at Sci Arc, Sothern California Institute of Architecture, located in the art district of downtown L.A. The students, who study architecture with the advanced technology, seemed intrigued by the forever lasting beauty of Chado that has 400 years of history. After watching the Shunjudana temae demonstration, they participated in the … Read More