Thursday, January 12, 2012

Some Local (and Regional) Tea News

I'm excited to share this info on local and regional tea happenings:
  1. Japanese Tea and Culture classes (in Portland) starting soon!  (See below)
  2. Stay on top of Portland tea events at this calendar.
  3. Saturday, Jan 28th - A Fresh Start - Creating a Daily Tea Ritual for WellnessJasmine Pearl Tea Merchants.
  4. The San Francisco International Tea Festival is Feb 25th.  I can't go this year, but maybe next!  Tickets go on sale next week.
Margie, of the Sweet Persimmon blog, is starting two new Japanese Tea classes in the next few weeks.

Introduction to Japanese Culture through the Tea Ceremony
Harmony, purity, respect and tranquility. These are the four principles of tea ceremony distilled from Japanese culture. In this ten week class, students will be introduced to Chado, the way of tea. The arts of Japan will be examined through the ritual preparation and drinking of matcha, Japanese ceremonial tea. Students will participate in at least six tea ceremonies, an incense ceremony, and kimono dressing. Japanese architecture, gardening, flower arranging and calligraphy will also be covered. Classes will take place in a Japanese tea room located 4 blocks south of PCC Rock Creek campus: 17761 NW Marylhurst Ct., Portland, OR 97229

Fee: $250, materials will be available for purchase at class.
Meets Saturdays for 10 weeks, starting January 21st, 1:30-3:00 pm at Issoan Tea Room.

Beginning Chanoyu
Learn the procedures for Ryakubon, tray style, the most simple of Japanese Tea Ceremonies. This procedure can be done almost anywhere with a minimum of utensils. Learn the correct handling of utensils and further your knowledge of Japanese culture. Learn how to make different kinds of tea sweets, proper etiquette for both host and guests at a tea ceremony. Introduction to Japanese Culture through the Tea Ceremony recommended but not required. Classes will take place at Ryokusuido Japanese Antiques Shop: 3826 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97232

Fee: $250, materials available for purchase at class
Meets Wednesdays for 10 weeks, starting February 15th, 7:00-8:30

Call Margie Yap, 503.645.7058 to register. Limited availability.  Email:

*Image from Microsoft Images


Anonymous said...

Those classes sound fascinating. maybe one day I will make it out to portland...

Rosemary said...

What a rich tea culture you have in Portland! These both sound very interesting.

Angela McRae said...

Sounds like you have moved to a real tea mecca!

Marilyn said...

Thanks, Stephanie, I don't ever keep on top of what's happening around town. I know SF was coming up, but not the dates. I would love to go to it sometime.