Thai Royal Princess Chulabhorn Visits Konnichian

Urasenke Grand Master SEN Soshitsu XV received H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn and her husband, Dr. Chaichon LOCHAREMKUL, for tea at Konnichian on October 11, 2001, during their four-day royal visit to the Osaka area. Princess Chulabhorn is the younger daughter of King Bhumibhol, and is the founder and president of the Chulabhorn Research Institute.This day's visit was the third occasion for her to come to Konnichian, the first time having been in 1981, together with her mother, Queen Sirikit, and the second time, in 1987.
   The Grand Master was out in front of the Kabutomon gate to greet the Princess and her husband as their motorcade arrived. They were accompanied by an entourage of twenty-nine, including Ambassador and Madam Sakthip KRAIRIKSH of the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo, and Consul-General and Mrs. Chakarin CHAYABONGSE of the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Osaka. Inviting them, and also Dr. Khunying Mathuroj JIRAWAT and Dr. Supanna TECHASAKUL of the Chulabhorn Institute, to be seated in the Totsutotsusai tearoom of the Konnichian tearoom complex, the Grand Master prepared tea for them there. Former Midorikai student Pongpan Pornsamurpak, who teaches chado at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Kyushu, was at the Grand Master's side to provide interpretation. The Grand Master was pleased to also introduce everyone to the latest Midorikai student from Thailand, Kanapat RUENPIROM.
  The Urasenke head family has been closely acquainted with the Thai royal family for nearly four decades. In January 2001, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Urasenke Bangkok Chapter, Grand Master Sen presented a tea offering at Wat Pra Keaw, the guardian temple of the Thai Royal Family.

Grand Master Sen greets H.R.H.
Chulabhorn upon her arrival
In the Totsutotsusai tearoom, Grand Master Sen introduces the royal couple to the newest Midorikai student from Thailand