SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO HONORS MEMORY OF DANIEL K. INOUYE, HOSTS GRAND TEA MASTER OF JAPAN TO PERFORM CENTURIES-OLD TEA CEREMONY FOR WORLD PEACE
Originally Planned By Senator Inouye, Ceremony Meant To Foster Friendship Between Japan & US & Featured Current President Pro Tempore & Foreign Dignitaries ; The ceremony was held in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room, the location where Senator Inouye chaired hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s.
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Alumnus Hal Higginbotham writes about a Phil Rogers tea bowl that he and his wife recently donated to the W&L Senshin'an Tea Room. This appeared in the New York Times online "Your Favorite Bowls."
W&L News Blog: Celebrating a Special Bowl
Gabi Tremo '15 will be presenting at SSA:
CHANOYU, Japanese Art of Tea Ceremony
Friday, March 8, 2013 10:00-11:15 am Senshin'an Tea Room, Watson Pavilion
Abstract: I propose to introduce and demonstrate the Japanese art of the tea ceremony, known as chanoyu, in Washington and Lee's Senshin'an Tea Room. In Japanese culture, chanoyu, is as much of an art as flower arranging, calligraphy, or archery. It is a discipline that teaches self-control, self-mastery, and simplicity. Yet, in its simplicity, this 500-year art form is impressively complex. Each movement is exact: from how one lifts the ladle from the kettle to the way one moves about the room. I plan to present a short informational session, briefly introducing chanoyu and its origins. Following this I will perform the ceremony and narrate. The audience will be invited to participate in the tasting of the unique powdered green tea and Japanese tea sweets.
May 31, 2012
Tea Society member Tyler Grant '12 graduated May 23 and received a Fulbright ETA Fellowship to Taiwan. Fellow Tea Society members Renata Carlson '13 and Rachel Urban '13 helped Tyler make tea for his family.
Good luck Tyler! Click here for press release.
April 1, 2012 Sunday
Celebrating the Centennial Celebration of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to the U.S., the W&L Tea Society is holding a public Japanese tea ceremony Sunday April 1st 2-4 pm in the Senshin'an Tea Room, which is located in the Watson Pavilion. All are welcome! Please feel free to drop by any time and enjoy a traditional sweet and bowl of tea. We have been granted permission to use the Centennial logo as part of the national celebration of cherry trees in the U.S. The W&L Tea Society students will be using a special set of utensils that are part of the January 2012 gift from Dr. Genshitsu Sen. For more information contact J. Ikeda at x8936, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 27, 2012
Japanese Tea Room Unwraps Another Gift
Washington and Lee's Japanese Tea Room has received a second gift from Sen Genshitsu, the 15th-generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea.
October 25, 2011
The Washington and Lee University Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion received the name "Senshin'an" （洗心庵）or "Clearing-the-Mind Abode" from Sen Genshitsu, the 15th-generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea. President Ruscio, Dean Hank Dobin, Ms. Kayoko Hirota from the Urasenke Chanoyu Center in New York, and other invited guests attended the unveiling and dedication. Along with special remarks from President Ruscio, Dean Dobin and Ms. Hirota, Erik Ball '09 returned to W&L to offer some thoughts of how the chanoyu course affected his life.
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October 19, 2011 Wed KAISEKI lecture
In October 2011 Larry Sokyo Tiscornia and Kimika Soko Takechi, two tea ceremony instructors from San Francisco, visited Washington and Lee University. Mr. Tiscornia gave a lecture on Wednesday, October 19th, which was free and open to the public. The title of the talk was "Kaiseki (Tea Ceremony Cuisine), Four Seasons, Four Dishes," which was followed by a special miso tasting. This was a special opportunity to learn more about the preparation and presentation of this elegant culinary art. They gave a three-hour workshop to LIT223 students and held a one-hour special session for the W&L community. Their visit was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, the Reeves Center, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the East Asian Studies Program.
Ring-Tum Phi Article, click here:
Moment in Time - May 2, 2010
From the Corner of Washington and Lee What's News
New York Times: "Moment in Time"
Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
Tea in a Box
Project Director: Dr. Janet Ikeda, Associate Dean of the College
A project to develop and deliver an interdisciplinary module that introduces "chanoyu," the Way of Tea, to local school groups in advance of their visit to the new Japanese Tearoom constructed at Washington and Lee University. The project is to be the first in a series of community outreach programs offered in conjunction with the tearoom.
From College News
W&L's Japanese Tea Room to Bring Forward-Thinking Approach to Ancient Art
Only handful of U.S. campuses have tea rooms
August 26, 2006
WMRA Insight Archive
Friday July 21 2006
The Way of Tea
Hosted by Tom Graham, Interview with Janet Ikeda
"Discover the Secrets of the Way of Tea"