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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. However, because our lesson schedule will be sporadic through the end of the year, we recommend that new students wait until February to begin.

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.

January 18 -- Hatsugama. This celebration of the first tea of the New Year is also our biggest celebration. Please note that this is a very long gathering (approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours) and that some knowlege of tea ceremony knowledge is recommended for attendees. Requested donation: $60 Urasenke Philadelphia members, $75 for non-members. Please contact us for time and location details.

January 25 -- Urasenke Philadelphia annual meeting. Our association's annual business meeting. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Horticultural Center, Dixon Meeting Room. No fee.

February 8 -- Sweet-making workshop. Learn how to make daifuku mochi, a traditional Japanese sweet that can be adapted with many different flavors and seasonal variations. Sponsored by Shofuso, this workshop is taught by Urasenke instructor Morgan Beard. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Sakura Pavilion (next to the Horticultural Center). Fee: $25 for Shofuso members, $30 for non-members. Space is limited; pre-register at

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