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Chado — literally "the way of tea" in Japanese — is a centuries-old tradition that encompasses many facets of Japanese culture. Often called the Japanese tea ceremony in English, we prefer to think of it as chanoyu, "hot water for tea": you boil the water, you prepare the tea, and you share it. Along with the tea, perhaps, we share a bit of ourselves.


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Chado Urasenke Tankokai Philadelphia Association -- Urasenke Philadelphia for short -- is a chapter association (kyokai) of the Urasenke school of chado headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. As an educational nonprofit organization, we are dedicated to supporting the tea ceremony community in the greater Philadelphia area. Our members offer lessons, demonstrations, and gatherings with the hope of helping others experience the way of tea.

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Lessons for beginners at Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden, begin on the first Saturday of each month.

We also have classes for people with previous experience in tea ceremony, and our teachers also offer lessons at other times and in other locations. You can read more here or contact us for registration information.

April 12 -- Outdoor Tea Demonstration. Held on the veranda of Shofuso underneath the cherry blossoms, this nodate (outdoor) tea demonstration features seasonal tea and sweets. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance. Times: 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Cost: $30 for Shofuso members, $35 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, go to or e-mail

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