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Series: Tateuchi Public Program Series

The Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized in partnership between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum, develops presentations that explore the connections between Japan and the United States in the context of politics, art, music, and culture. The program series is created annually with the objective of enhancing understanding between the two countries.

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, December 5, 2015
2:00 PM

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration


Saturday, December 5 • 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 • 2 p.m.


The Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu or sado) is a highly choreographed ritual of preparing and serving green tea (matcha) with traditional sweets to balance the bitter taste of the tea.

In the early Meiji era, Kyoto Prefecture held the first tea exposition in Japan. The governor of Kyoto asked the 11th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Gengensai, to create a new tea ceremony style, so that foreign guests could experience the most sophisticated Japanese culture comfortably. The ryu-rei style of tea ceremony was born, in which the host and guests are seated in chairs instead of the traditional tatami mat; this ceremony could be conducted almost anywhere, even outdoors. It was a great success and since then, this type of tea ceremony has been enjoyed all over the world.

This weekend, Hamano Shachu of Urasenke Tea Society presents two ryu-rei style tea ceremonies using a misono-dana table.

Limited to 160 participants each. First come, first served; no RSVP is necessary. Early arrival recommended.

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