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Japanese Tea at the East-West Chanoyu Center

A private tea gathering to awaken the five senses.

Originating in China and nurtured in Japan since ancient times, the vibrant tea ceremony culture known as chanoyu distills art, hospitality, and philosophy into an unprecedented, unrepeatable moment of serenity and beauty. Through the medium of offering and receiving a bowl of tea, Chanoyu provides a model for mindful living in a turbulent world.

Guests will experience seated meditation led by Reverend Kanjin Cederman, head minister of Choeizan Enkyoji, and experience mon-koh or "listening to incense." Chef Kazuyuki Murata will prepare a sumptuous meal of homemade artisanal pickles, sushi fish, Akita Japanese rice, and blended miso soup served with Sho Chiku Bai sake. Guests will also participate in a tea ceremony led by Tea Master Bonnie Soshin Mitchell, director of the East-West Chanoyu Center, and have the opportunity to sample the Nishimura family’s Jyoraku Matcha, a favorite “casual” ceremonial matcha produced in Kotanabe, Kyoto, Japan. The Nishimura family has been producing this tea blend since 1942 on their 200 year-old family-owned fields. Tea will be served with handmade sweets from Tokara, a traditional Japanese confectionary based in Phinney Ridge. These traditional Kyoto-style confections are crafted to reflect the seasonal changes and the beauty of nature in color, shape, and taste. Her dedication and meticulous attention to craft and technique produces sweets that are visually stunning and exquisitely flavorful.

Price includes the cost of dinner, Japanese tea, handmade sweets, and a special incense gift produced by Shoyeido, a Japanese incense manufacturer that dates back twelve generations and is the preferred producer of incense for most temples in Japan.

Adventure Notes:

  • Ages 13+

  • Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.

  • A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will help support the ongoing operations of East-West Chanoyu Center

Questions? Email Shin Yu Pai at shinyu.pai@atlasobscura.com.

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.