Friday, October 3, 2014

Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations in western PA on October 9, 11, 18.

There are several Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations scheduled for western Pennsylvania in October.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Japanese program will host Tea Culture in Japan ceremony on October 9. The cost is $1, and the 90-minute program consists of:
* Talk about modern Tea culture in Japan
* How to brew Sencha (hands-on, they are going to bring 10 pots so teachers can try)
* Play songs about tea (Zui zui zukkorobashi, and Chatsumi)
* Tea farming (ppt)
* Chakabuki (tea tasting game). Taste five different kinds of tea and guess their names
* History of tea (including Chinese tea presentation)
* Baisa-ryu school Sencha Tea ceremony

Presenters Fumiyo Iwadachi and Ami Nishiyama are coming from Handa City near Nagoya, Japan. Nishiyama also has a Chinese tea master license along with a Baisa-ryu school Sencha license. She will perform Chinese tea ceremony when they talk about the history of tea.
The program runs from 10:20 am to 11:50 am in the HUB's Monongahela Room (campus map). Reservations can be made by emailing Dr. Yong-Taek Kim at

The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania is presenting two Tea Culture in Japan presentations in the Pittsburgh area on October 11. The first is from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Way Wellness Center in Fox Chapel (map). The second is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mookshi Wellness Center (map) in Regent Square. Registration is required for the events and can be done so at the JASP website. The cost is $10 for JASP members and Japanese language teachers, and $20 for general admission.

The Maridon Museum in Butler (map) will also host a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony on November 18 at 12:30 pm. The cost is $25, and reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-282-0123.