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Issoan Tea School Calendar

August 27th, Sunday — Kagetsu, Mieko Sensei’s house

September  3rd,  Sunday – Chado demonstration, The Jasmine Pearl, 724 NE 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97232

September 15-17th Friday-Sunday —  Koshukai with Christy-sensei, Portland Japanese Garden

September 24, Sunday — Kagetsu, Mieko Sensei’s house

Regular classes at Issoan Tea Room:

Tuesdays 7-9 pm Chado Class, Issoan

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 Chado class and 7:30 – 9:00 Introduction to Chado, at  the Jasmine Pearl

Saturday classes 1:00-3:00 pm, Chado Class,  Issoan and
3:00-5:00 pm, Issoan, Intermediate studies, permission required.

Contact me if you are interested in classes: 503-645-7058.  margie at issoantea dot com

Elevated tatami classes for those who cannot sit seiza

IMG_0208With the building of the elevated tatami table, Issoan Tea school now offers classes in this style to those who cannot sit seiza.  The portable tatami table is designed to be used in both the winter sunken hearth configuration, as well as in the summer furo season.  The table is transportable and can be set up anywhere there is space.

Because of this flexibiltiy, students can study most of the temae of the Urasenke curriculum, and guests can enjoy the experience on stools without the pain of sitting on their knees.

If you have been interested in taking chado lessons, but have hesitated because you cannot sit on your knees in the tea room, please contact Margie Yap, instructor (503)645-7058 to arrange a trial lesson on the new tatami table.


Having trouble sitting?  SweetPersimmon has meditation seats for tea and zazen.

“I like my new zazen bench. It’s Great!
…everyone thought it was extremely cool. I could hardly believe it could be small enough to put in your kimono sleeve, but it sure enough is! The design is just so clean and functional, it’s so nicely finished and so strong, and I love how the bag converts to upholstery. It really fits a guy my size perfectly.”

~ Tim Sowa Olson, Tea Ceremony Sensei, Seattle Urasenke Branch

You can get your own little zazen bench on our site for meditation seats, incense, specialty leaf teas, books, books, photos and more.

SweetPersimmon now has matcha, powdered tea for Japanese Tea Ceremony,  as well as tea ceremony and koh do (incense ceremony) supplies and utensils.

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