The Urasenke Chado Tradition
Chado, the "Way of Tea," is basically concerned with activities that are a part of everyday life, yet to master these requires great cultivation. In this sense, this tradition is well described as the Art of Living. Having been nurtured on Japanese soil, it represents the quintessence of Japanese aesthetics and culture; but, over and beyond this, people far and wide have discovered that life is beautified by this Way — by the spirit that guides its practice, as well as by the objects which express that spirit and are an integral part of its practice.
Chanoyu, the Japan-based art of preparing matcha tea for one's guests, and of partaking of that tea as a guest, covers a broad spectrum of culture. One might think of it as a desk having many drawers packed with a great variety of enjoyments.
First of all, there is the enjoyment of whisking a bowl of tea and savoring it. Read more...
Chado, also known as chanoyu and commonly referred to as the Japanese Tea Ceremony in English, is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for refinement of the self — known in Japanese as a "do," a 'way'. The word 'chado' means "the way of tea."
This way called chado centers on the activity of host and guest spending a mutually heartwarming time together over a bowl of matcha tea. The host aims to serve the guest an unforgettably satisfying bowl of tea, and the guest responds with thankfulness, both of them realizing that the time shared can never be repeated, that it is a "once in a lifetime" occasion.
Urasenke has long been active in promoting worldwide understanding and appreciation of chado, so that the spirit of this 'way,' symbolized by its ideals of Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquility, can help bring true peace to all people. SEN Genshitsu, who spearheaded this work, summed it up in the words, "Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea." Today, Urasenke Foundation offices, Chado Urasenke Tankokai associations, and Urasenke-built tea houses and tea rooms are located in many major cities around the world. Publications in English are also available.
At the home of the Urasenke head family, Konnichian in Kyoto, the Hatsugama-shiki or "Ceremonial First Tea of the Year" for the year Reiwa 2 (2020) commenced on January 7. Learn more...
Introduction to Chado
Urasenke Family Lineage
Konnichian-The Urasenke Home
The Urasenke Organization
Urasenke Head House & Family
Chado Research Center Galleries
Urasenke Tankokai Federation
Urasenke Accredited Colleges
Saturday Classes (Kyoto)