Elements of Tea

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Tea Ceremony Demonstration



Episode 2:

7:00 PM Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Go here to register for this event and we will send you a Zoom link one hour before the event.

 Episode 1, Introduction and Overview by Michael McKenna, recorded on May 25, 2021, can be seen on YouTube

Elements of Tea


Chanoyu (the Tea Ceremony) is a multifaceted art form developed in Japan over 800 years, an expression of hospitality, a school of movement and manners, and a compendium of the Japanese arts – garden architecture, carpentry and woodworking, painting and calligraphy, flower arrangement of a certain kind, pottery, cultivation and preparation of powered tea, Tea sweets, seasonal procedures and much more.

The Hammond Tea Club, the Ryusuikai, will present digital programs on the fourth Tuesday of the month examining the individual elements of Chanoyu to understand how they contribute to the ceremony, then in the spring of 2022, we will gather in the Hammond garden to bring the elements together in the celebration of an actual chanoyu.

Episode 2:

Walking the Path to Harmony: History, Design and Uses of the Japanese Tea Garden will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm 


What defines a Japanese tea garden? How do tea ceremony hosts and their guests enter, experience and travel through the garden on their way to and from the tea house? How have the plantings and layout of tea gardens evolved, and what influence did tea gardens have on the design of the garden at the Hammond Museum?


Join CCNY Asian Studies Professor Lara Netting and tea practitioner Bill Jarvis in a robust presentation and discussion designed to illuminate these and other issues for both newcomers and experienced practitioners.


Japanese Tea Ceremony 

The Japanese Tea Ceremony, or Chanoyu, originated in 16th century Japan.  This was a period of intense creative turmoil as trade opened up Japan to new ideas from China, Korea and India.


Chanoyu developed from the highlight of Chinese culture during the Sung Dynasty,  serving a refined powdered green tea called matcha . This was the time when Zen was also introduced to Japan as its distillation of Chan Buddhism. It was Sen Rikyu who perfected Chanoyu in the late 16th century as the special art form of Japan as it is known today.


The basic idea of Chanoyu is to invite guests and enjoy a get-together for tea.  The garden is beautifully trimmed and swept. The tea room is simple, yet artistically decorated.  Burning incense adds fragrance to the flowers which are beautifully arranged.  


Here you can enjoy the quiet atmosphere to share friendships. Forgetting the harshness of life outside, one can enjoy the refreshing aroma  and flavor of powdered green tea.

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