Japanese Tea Ceremony at Everglades

Association members held a very successful Chado demonstration on Saturday, August 31, for the Friends of Everglades House and Gardens, a renowned National Trust estate in Leura, with 5.2 hectares of gardens.

The gardens were constructed in the 1930s by Danish-born landscape gardener Paul Sorensen.

The demonstration, by the Leura tea group, was attended by 40 people. A specially designed Nagomi-dana style tea-table, made in Canberra by Yamaguchi-san, was used.

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On display was a fan Kacho Fugetsa O’Tanoshima, written by Zabosai Oiemoto, and a Chabana arrangement of early spring flowers.

Some members of the audience said they could feel the meditative atmosphere during the demonstration.

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Chado for a promotional film for the Rugby World Cup

Association members did Chado for a promotional film for the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Japan in late September.

James Coventry from Great Big Events organised the shoot at Itoko-sensei’s tea room in Sydney, on August 14.

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Tomomi Nakaya was Teishu and Gota, a half Japanese rugby player, was part ofthe shoot. Peter Armstrong dressed Gota in his kimono and hakama.

The scenes of Tomomi and Gota were retaken many times and Gota could easily have drunk five bowls of usucha, with omogashi and higashi as well.

The film crew arrived 10:30am and shooting didn’t finish till 9pm. Itoko-sensei said everyone was exhausted, but it was a really interesting experience, probably a once-in-a-life-time event. But once was enough.

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Coming up – REIWA Spring Chakai

Coming soon event
REIWA Spring Chakai – Japanese Tea Ceremony

When: Sunday Sunday 13 October 2019, from 11:00am to 15:30pm
Where: Maiden Theatre,
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Mrs. Macquarie Road, Sydney
Ticket: $25 for two servings of tea and traditional Japanese sweets.

Sessions times (bookings essential)
11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00 and 14:45.
Sessions are 45 minutes long

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BEKQG
Map: www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Sydney Association invites you to relax and immerse yourself in Japanese culture within the historic and peaceful atmosphere of the Royal Botanic Garden.

Association members will demonstrate two styles of tea ceremony. In both demonstrations guests can enjoy a bowl of premium Matcha powdered green tea and beautiful Wagashi Japanese sweets served by members in kimono dress. You will learn of Chado, the way of tea, and experience the manners and artistry of tea ceremony.

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Hatsugama 2019

On Sunday, 3 February 2019, we had Hatsugama at Leura.
Hatsugama(初釜) – first tea ceremony of the year.

This meeting is seen as something very special. Hatsugama is the only time when the tea teacher him or herself prepares tea for all her students. In most cases this tea ceremony is a complete Chaji meeting with Kaiseki meal, Nakadachi breaks, and the whole ritual done the way it was learned during classes. It is impossible to teach the whole Chaji at once, therefor it is always broken up into practicing how to prepare Usucha, Koicha, and arranging the charcoal in Sumidemae.

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More photos you can see in Gallery – Hatsugama 2019

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