At the Tea Ceremony:
One of the most important traditions in Japan is the tea ceremony. Because of Zen influences, what at first seems simplistic may actually be complex; the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Relax with the authentic sensations of the sounds of water boiling, and the smell of the tea powder.
For $10, you can enjoy an actual Tea Ceremony in the Park’s wooden Tea House. Before the actual ceremony, a brief lecture will be given to explain the traditions of the ceremony, as well as a discussion of when the host performs each action, and why. Traditional Tea Ceremony utensils, including beautiful, authentic bowls, especially imported from Japan, will be used.
Tea Ceremony (Cha – no – yu) at the Tea House
$10.00 each, limit of six participants per Ceremony
Served by Yuriko Mizumoto Scott and Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
This is your chance to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in our beautiful Tea House located on the north side of the Garden. Ceremonies last approximately 30 minutes and cost $10.00 per person. All participants must register and purchase tickets at the souvenir tent prior to the ceremony. We suggest you register early. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the ceremony.
Please be at the Tea House 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time. The tea ceremony begins promptly and late-comers will not be allowed to participate. No refunds. All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs.
At the Tea Café:
For $5, you can enjoy the taste of Macha, the traditional powdered Japanese Green Tea, that has a very different flavor from what you usually encounter here in the States. Additionally, you will be provided with the traditional tea candy.
Enjoy drinking tea under an red parasol, at a table, in an outdoor relaxed atmosphere with your family and friends, and enjoy conversation with your loved ones.
Tea Cafe’ (Cha -dokoro) with Cafe’ Matcha
Served by Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.