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The Urasenke Chado Tradition

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Welcome to the Urasenke Konnichian Website

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.


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Video Messages from Iemoto Sen Soshitsu

At this time of social restrictions and limitations on gatherings, Iemoto has produced video messages for both Urasenke followers and tea practitioners of all backgrounds.


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Greetings from
Iemoto SEN Soshitsu XVI

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...


The Urasenke Family Lineage
The Urasenke Head House and Family
Konnichian — The Urasenke Home

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An Introduction to Chado

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.

The Spirit of Chado
Chado Origins and History

Chado Outside Japan

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.

Urasenke Locations Outside Japan
News & Announcements in English
Study Resources in English


Recent News

SEN Takafumi Named Urasenke Wakasosho (heir-to-be)

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On October 8 (Thursday), 2020, SEN Takafumi became Urasenke heir-to-be, wakasosho, in an oath-taking ceremony held in the Rikyu Onsodo, and commemorative kencha-shiki tea dedication ceremony and chakai events were held in Kyoto and Tokyo to announce the confirmation.
October 8th Wakasosho Oath-taking Ceremony
October 9th Wakasosho Kencha-shiki and Chakai
October 13th Kencha-shiki and Chakai at Meiji Jingu

 

2021 Rikyu Memorial

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The annual Rikyu Memorial, one of the three major memorial observances held at Konnichian, was held on March 28. This year, with thorough protective measures in place, 180 Urasenke followers were able to attend.
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