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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, start in September and April. Please visit for dates, times, and registration information.

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.

December 6 -- "Notes from a Kimono Sleeve" lecture on women in Meiji Period tea ceremony, given by Janet Ikeda, a professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at Washington and Lee University. Location: Dixon Meeting Room, Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park, 100 Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA. Time: 10 a.m. Requested donation: $25 (if paying by check, make payable to Chado Urasenke Tankokai Philadelphia).

January 10 -- 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.

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