Tea Ceremony Basics

Learn the meaning behind every intricate detail of the chanoyu tea ceremony.

What will I learn in this class?
With centuries of history to draw on, the chanoyu tea ceremony can seem overwhelming for first-time viewers and participants. In this class, take the first step toward tea mastery by going through each and every stage of the elegant art.

In this class, students will learn the origin and evolution of the chanoyu ceremony using Western-style implements meant to ease unfamiliar students into other elements of the craft. Students will also gain an understanding of the importance placed on table settings in chanoyu for inspiration they can employ at home while also enjoying complimentary tea and sweets.

Students are also encouraged to take Tea Ceremony Trial on March 11.

Who teaches this class?
Sawa Okano is a certified instructor with the Omotesenke tea ceremony school and has been teaching since 2011. She hosts chanoyu events in English for foreign diplomats, students and corporate executives. Okano formerly studied tea ceremony at the Urasenke schools in Tokyo and New York.


  • Mar 4
  • 10am–12pm
  • Toko Shinoda and Yukiko Maki classrooms
  • ¥4,950
  • Optional materials fee: ¥500–¥1,500
  • Cancellation deadline: Feb 24
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members.