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The Urasenke Chado Tradition

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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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Iemoto SEN Soshitsu XVI

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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 Genshitsu in Slovenia

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Urasenke Daisosho Dr. Genshitsu SEN visited the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, June 25-27, 2016, to attend the inaugural events of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Slovenia Association. The events took place as the nation commemorated its 25th anniversary of independence, and they were aimed to encourage friendship and exchange between Japan and Slovenia on this occasion. Learn more...


US Ambassador KENNEDY
at Glass Tea House

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On April 22, 2016, US Ambassador Caroline KENNEDY made a visit to Shoren'in temple in the southeastern hills of Kyoto, and had a bowl of tea in the open-air glass tea house named Kou-an. Her hostess for the tea, who conducted the tea-making (temae) in the see-through tea house, was SEN Makiko, the daughter of Urasenke Iemoto SEN Soshitsu XVI. Learn more...

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