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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.

November 2 -- Robiraki. This celebration of the opening of the sunken hearth (ro) marks the beginning of the winter season in chanoyu. Please contact us for times and location.

November 7-8 -- Chigusa Symposium. Sponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum, this symposium centers around Chigusa, a meibutsu (named) chatsubo (tea leaf storage jar) dating to the Song Dynasty in China. Named items such as this one are rare and treasured items whose history and use was carefully documented by tea ceremony practitioners across generations. The symposium takes place in conjunction with an exhibition of the jar from October 11 through February 1, 2015. For more information, go to

November 15-16--Chashaku-Making Workshop. Learn how to make a chashaku (tea scoop) for tea ceremony! Times: 10 a.m. t0 1 p.m. each day. Location: Horticultural Center, Philadelphia, PA. Fee: $70, including all materials. Contact us to register or for more information.

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