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Issoan Tea School Calendar

May 27-28, Saturday-Sunday, Calligraphy Exhibition, Portland Japanese Garden

June 4, Sunday 12:30, Chado demonstration, The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

June 5, Monday, 4:00-6:00 pm, Teacher training class, Issoan Tea School

June 10-15, Saturday- Thursday, Issoan Closed No classes

June 17th, Saturday 10:30 am, Kashinteikai meeting, Portland Japanese Garden

June 18, Sunday,10:00,  Furoshiki workshop, Issoan Tea School

June 18, Sunday 1:30, Kagetsu, Mieko sensei’s house

June 24, Saturday, all day, Wakai 35th Anninversary Event, Portland Japanese Garden, No Tea Classes

July 2, Sunday, Chado demo, The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

July 10, Monday, 4:00-6:00 pm, Teacher training classs

July 16, Sunday 10:00 am – noon, Summer Sweets workshop, Issoan Tea School

July, 22, Saturday, Chado demonstrations, all day, NW Tea Festival, Forestry Center. No Tea Classes

August 2017, Summer tea workshop

September 2017, Sweets workshop

October 2017,  Ceramics workshop

November 2017, Haiku workshop

December 2017, Incense


Regular classes at Issoan Tea Room:

Tuesdays 7-9 pm Chado Class, Issoan

Wednesdays 10:00 am – noon, Chado Class,  Issoan and
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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