meet the presenters
The "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience is hosted by three different local groups.
Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association
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".
Chanoyu, which attained greatness under Sen no Rikyu, it a tradition that has been handed down for over 400 years. Omotesenke-ryu is a Seattle-based group that practices this long lineage, and their presentations at Seattle Japanese Garden is "a communication of the minds of host and guests through the enjoyment of delicious tea together".
Chaboshu is Seattle's premier men's tea group, which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools.
TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS
Tickets are $10 adults, $7 youth. Tea ceremony tickets can be purchased starting March 1 by calling the ticket booth at (206) 684-4725 during open business hours.
For groups of 8 or more, we recommend reserving a private ceremony. They are available to book with 4-weeks notice, and typically offered immediately prior to or after the public tea ceremonies at noon or 3 p.m. For more details, please call (206) 684-4725.
The Seattle Japanese Garden is a culturally authentic site, and for this reason some areas of the garden are not accessible to people with disabilities, including the garden immediately surrounding the tea house. We occasionally host accessible tea ceremonies in the Tateuchi Community Room. Please call to inquire about dates.