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Past Events

one-day Experience Coueses@Paru tea room

Who would like to learn how to prepare delicious matcha tea and create an environment to incorporate chanoyu into your daily life? Join us!
Dates: Friday, April 19, 2024 , 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, April14, 2024, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday, April21, 2024, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tea room on the 2nd floor of PARU
   7441 Girard Ave Suite B, La Jolla, CA 92037

Dates: Friday, March 29, 2024
Sunday, March 31st, 2024

one-day Experience Coueses@Paru tea room

Saturday, March 3, 2024

Tea demonstration @Japanese Friendship Garden

Tea demonstration and serving of matcha green tea with sweets will be held at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.

Sunday January 21, 2024

Chakaiseki seminar

This was the first tea gathering with full chakaiseki for us. The chef was Mr. Masayoshi Ozasa from Kyoto’s “Matsumasa.” Since our first meeting in October of last year, discussions with members of the Linked Artisans Association led to the realization of this Chakaiseki Seminar.
Chef Ozasa’s lecture covered a wide range of topics, starting from the fundamentals of Cha-Kaiseki, its origins, the flow of the chaji, and how to incorporate the seasons through ingredients and cooking methods. He explained in a beginner-friendly and enjoyable manner, providing an excellent lecture that not only was easy to understand for beginners but also offered practical insights that could be applied in subsequent tea gatherings.
It was a day that tested the essential principles in the world of tea, emphasizing the importance of “adaptability to changing circumstances” and “thoughtfulness.”

Tea introductory class @ Japanese Friendship Garden
October 21, 10am-12pm
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Tea as a Gateway

Chanoyu, also known as Japanese tea ceremony, contains the essence of Japanese culture in every form. In the simple pursuit of “making tea and serving it to guests, drinking it yourself, and sharing in the moment with others,” we prepare a tearoom with a garden, and carefully select the hanging scrolls, tea bowls, and even the plates for confectionery. To learn Chanoyu is to gain a wider understanding of Japan and Japanese culture as a whole.  In this class, we will explore Japanese architecture, gardens, flowers, pottery, lacquer, woodwork, silk, and calligraphy through PowerPoint, as well as the Chanoyu’s relationship with other traditional Japanese arts, such as Kabuki and Noh. To fully experience these elements, a Ryurei-style demonstration will be held, where participants can enjoy delicious sweets and matcha green tea

Otsukimi Chakai (Moon-viewing tea gathering)
September 30th 2023
Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ

otsukimi chakai

The Urasenke San Diego Association’s annual Otsukimi Chakai(Moon-viewing tea gathering) was held. This year, the gathering was only for students and their families, but about 60 people enjoyed the tea. Unfortunately, the sky was covered with clouds and occasional light rain, so the event was held indoors. The moon seen through the clouds at the end of the tea ceremony was also exceptionally beautiful and memorable.

June 24, 10am-1pm
PARU (second floor), La Jolla

Tea as a Gateway

This session includes an intimate lecture, demonstration, and opportunity to make your own bowl of matcha.

Begin Your Tea journey

“Peacefulness through a bowl of tea”