About Participation in the International Chado Institute (ICI)

Since April, 1980, Urasenke, one of the largest schools of chado in Japan, has been offering a special program in English at the Headquarters in Kyoto for non-Japanese people interested in learning more about chado and Japanese culture. The classes are open to those able to attend classes and events in Kyoto, Japan. The program details and application requirements are as follows.

Venue:Urasenke Konnichian
Kamigyo-ku, Ogawa Teranouchi agaru
Dates:Three Saturdays a month:
     1st semester-April through July
     2nd semester-September through December
     3rd semester-January through March
Times:Morning class: 9:30 - 12:00
Afternoon class: 13:00 - 16:00
Fees:¥10,000 per semester
The Grand Master has waived the tuition
Fees pay for sweets, tea, flowers, charcoal, etc.
Language:English, Japanese
Activities:Practice session (keiko) to learn tea procedures
Headquarters events, tea gathering and practica
Attire:Kimono not necessary
Business-casual attire is requested. Jeans and T-shirts are not appropriate.
Have a pair of clean socks to wear in the tea rooms.
Conditions:One-year commitment
Certificate:After one semester, students can apply for beginner's level certificate of permission (kyojo)
To apply: Download and fill in the application form below. Attach a recent photo.
Contact the Urasenke Gakuen office to schedule an entrance interview.
Contact: International Chado Institute
Urasenke Gakuen Professional College of Chado
Tel: (075) 415-0045
Fax: (075) 415-0053
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