Chadō Demonstrations by Tankokai UK
*This event is now fully booked
Whether it is your first time to witness the meticulous preparation of rich and foamy matcha tea or if you are returning to marvel at the expert and elegant movements of Urasenke chadō practitioners, join us at Japan House London for a new edition of popular monthly tea demonstrations presented by Tankokai UK.
Chadō, or the Japanese Way of Tea, boasts more than 400 years of history with many practitioners not only in Japan, but all over the world. Considered a way to socialize, this act of preparing and serving matcha tea to guests is a practice that involves a deep attention to single movements and gestures, an appreciation of the craft objects and their role in the process and an awareness of the surrounding environment.
Demonstrations are held monthly on Saturday afternoons by chadō practitioners from Tankokai UK, an association connected to Urasenke, one of the largest Tea schools in Japan. Although each demonstration might be conducted differently depending on the season or number of participants, guests are always given an opportunity to experience first-hand the values and significance of the Way of Tea in everyday life. Each event offers the possibility to ask questions and engage in conversation with the practitioners.
The events on 23 September will be expertly led by tea master Kimura Sōkei. The speaker elaborates on wabi aesthetics and dichotomies or contrasts seen in various aspects of the Way of Tea, engaging the audience in playful dialogue. The richly illustrated talk is followed by an usucha (lit. thin tea) demonstration. At the end of the event there is time for the audience to ask questions.
Please choose a date below and click on the button to book your free ticket. You will be able to select your preferred demonstration time at the point of booking.
Tickets will be released for booking on a monthly basis.
|Saturday 22 July 2023, 16:00, 17:00||Event closed|
|Saturday 12 August 2023, 16:00, 17:00||Event closed|
|Saturday 23 September 2023, 16:00, 17:00||Fully booked|
About Tankokai UK
Tankokai UK is formed mainly by practitioners of the Way of Tea. The UK Association activities started in 2009 with chadō presentations in schools. In 2011, Tankokai UK was officially launched in London by Urasenke XV Grand Master Genshitsu Sen. Tankokai Associations can be found around the world. Members support the Urasenke activities in their communities as well as deepen their knowledge of chadō through study groups and training.