Chado Urasenke Tankokai Chicago Association


茶道裏千家淡交会シカゴ協会

We were honored to be asked to host a Chanoyu presentation at Dickinson Hall in Lake Forest, IL. Also present were Reiko Yamada (pianist), Mr. Seki (The Green Teaist), and Director Kaneko (Japanese Information Center).

Shimura Soko Gyōtei Sensei lead us through three days of intensive and inspiring study. Christy Bartlett Sensei, the founding director of Urasenke Foundation San Francisco, provided us with invaluable translation. Our gratefulness for their teachings knows no bounds.

2017
Urasenke North America Regional Traveling Workshop

2015

rikyuki

Kyōtō, Japan

Students of Chanoyu don't just throw away used chasen (tea wisk).Chasen Kuyo is an opportunity for us to show our thankfulness to the chasen and to reflect on all that we depend upon to continue our studies.

We were very honored to be one of the five associations to host this cross-country event, sponsored by the Urasenke Tankokai Federation and the Chado Urasenke North America Head Office. 

We celebrated the occasion with a luncheon and a two day chanoyu seminar lead by Ishikawa Sōjin Gyotei sensei and Ishikawa Sōko sensei. 

We traveled to the Urasenke Headquarters (Konnichian) in Kyoto, Japan to attend the annual memorial tea gathering for Sen Rikyu. We were also honored to participate in a day of tea training from several Urasenke Gyōtei Sensei. 

2013
Dickinson Hall Event

2012
Chasen Kuyo

2016

morton College

A​sain American and Pacific Islander week


2010
Chicago Tankokai 

50th Year Anniversary

We were pleased to be a part of Morton College's week-long celebration of Asian and Pacific Inlander culture. Students joined us for an hour of tea and conversation.

We were again honored to be one of the few North American associations to host this cross-country event, sponsored by the Urasenke Tankokai Federation and the Chado Urasenke North America Head Office. 

​​ Lake Forest Library and Ragdale, an artist's community, collaborated with various organizations to sponsor Japanese Cultural events in celebration of the book, "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" by Gail Tsukiyama. 

Machida Gyōtei Sensei took us through two intense days of study from basic movements through upper temae. Much appreciated Japanese to English translation was provided by Christy Bartlett Sensei of the San Franciso branch of Urasenke. 

"As we waited to enter the main room in the new Heisei chashitsu, Hounsai Daisosho came in, full of energy, to greet us and shook hands with many of us!  He looked incredibly well!  This month he will be 92!  Our president, among other association representatives, was invited to be a guest in the main room for the first seki, where Zabosai Oiemoto did shozumi/1st charcoal and prepared an offering of tea in the memory of Rikyu, which was taken to the tokonoma by Daisosho.  After a short sutra, Oiemoto made a bowl of koicha for the guests.  Sweets and tea were brought to the guests by Oiemoto’s youngest son, who is the designated 17th generation and his cousin, who is the son of Izumi-san, Oiemoto’s younger brother.  It was an honor for all of us to be there.”

2014
Urasenke North America Regional Traveling Workshop