The Art and Practice of Chado

Introduction to Chado Class

Begins Thursday, January 24,  2019
10 weeks, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
At the Jasmine Pearl Darjeeling Room

The essence of Japanese culture is contained in Chado, the way of tea.
Students in this class will learn the etiquette of how to be a guest at a tea ceremony, the basic order of the tea ceremony and how to whisk green powdered matcha ceremonial tea. Students will also participate in 6 Japanese tea ceremonies from informal to semi-formal tea gatherings. An overview of Japanese arts and how the tea ceremony has influenced Japanese culture will be presented. Students will learn about tea ceramics, Japanese gardens, calligraphy, kimono dressing, and incense ceremony. They will also be introduced to zazen meditation and discuss how to put tea practice into every day life.

Places are limited. Reserve your spot with at $50 deposit. Use the button at right.
Fee: $250, includes all materials, tea and sweets for 10 weeks
Location: The Jasmine Pearl Darjeeling room, 724 NE 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97232

For more information contact Marjorie Yap, Instructor
Phone: 503.645.7058
email: margie[at]issoantea[dot]com or use the contact form at the bottom of the About page here

Beginning Chanoyu – Ryakubon

Begins Thursday, January 24, 10 weeks
At the Jasmine Pearl Darjeeling Room
From  7:30 – 9:00 pm

Beginning Chanoyu introduces how to host a basic tea ceremony using minimal utensils.  Students will learn how to set up the preparation room, the mizuya, as well as assemble the utensil set up.  We will explore how and when to host a tea ceremony, and learn how to purify utensils, make tea and close the ceremony.  Further training on Japanese culture, sweet making and the guest role will be presented.

Introduction to Chado is helpful, but not necessary.

For more information contact Marjorie Yap, Instructor
Phone: 503.645.7058
email: margie[at]issoantea[dot]com or use the contact form at the bottom of the About page here

Wa, Kei, sei, jaku or harmony, respect, purity, and tranquilitChanoyu – The Japanese Tea Ceremony

The art and practice of Chado, the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Chanoyu is usually translated “tea ceremony.”  It literally means “hot water for tea,” but centuries of Japanese history, literature and culture come together in the study and discipline of making and serving tea. Chanoyu incorporates many of the arts and crafts of Japan with the focus of preparing and serving a bowl of tea with a pure heart.

Tea is more than the collection of objects, or the knowledge of how to make and serve a beverage. There is also a philosophy to tea, which comes partly from centuries of tea masters, and partly from the interactions of the tea ceremony with Zen Buddhism.

The heart of the tea ceremony is not found in the tea, but in the four principles of wa-kei-sei-jaku, or harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. The tranquility comes from learning how to be in harmony with others, respect for others and oneself, and purity in thought and action. These principals act as the foundation of the study of the tea ceremony.

As in most of Japanese culture, the tea ceremony is a discipline that takes a lifetime to master. What is learned in chanoyu leads a person to the things in life that matter beyond the material things–and that is something that is enough for any lifetime.

Issoan Tea School

Issoan Calligraphy by Takabayashi Roshi

Issoan means “One Grass Hut” and was named by Genki Takabayashi Roshi. Its name exemplifies the impermanence of the wabi tea aesthetic as well as the moveable nature of structure of the tea room. Issoan Tea School is a place of study for chanoyu.  Marjorie “Soya” Yap teaches classes from beginning through advanced in the procedures for making tea as well as aspects of Japanese culture such as sweet making, kimono dressing, incense ceremony, haiku, and more. More important, she teaches how to incorporate chanoyu values and aesthetics into the stress and angst of our modern, everyday life.


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