Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Centuries-old global school of Japanese tea tradition

The Urasenke is one of the three major schools of Japanese tea ceremony, all of which trace their lineage back hundreds of years to the legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-91).

At its Konnichian teahouse in Kyoto, Urasenke recently began its traditional New Year's hatsukamashiki, or "first kettle-boiling ceremony."

Urasenke's website has photos of last year's hatsukamashiki. The text is Japanese only, but the beautiful photos are fairly self-explanatory and can be clicked to bring up high-resolution versions. There is also an English-language version of part of the site.

Urasenke has offices all over the world. U.S. locations include San Francisco and Seattle.

An entrance to Urasenke's Konnichian teahouse in Kyoto.

—Mellow Monk

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