This tea ceremony will occur during our popular summer Tanabata Star Festival! We recommend that you arrive at least a half hour before your tea ceremony begins to guarantee time to park and make your way into the garden.
Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.
Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Tankokai will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.
Tankokai, the Seattle chapter of Chado Urasenke, is a membership organization for the Urasenke Chado practitioners. Their mission is to promote better understanding and appreciation of the rich culture and spirit of Japan through the art of Chado, "The Way of Tea". Learn more about Tankokai on their website.
Visitors will be seated on tatami mats (with option to take a seat on a stool just outside the tea room and still participate).
Please avoid jeans, bare feet, rings, and personal fragrances.
Tea ceremonies will be offered beginning at 1 P.M., 2 P.M., and 3 P.M. Reservations required. Tea ceremony tickets can be purchased by calling (206) 684-4725.