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Past Event

Chanoyu: Tea Culture of Japan Demonstration

May 18 2024

Seattle Art Museum

Teahouse (3rd floor)

2 PM – 3 PM

Originating in China and transformed in Japan, the iconic Tea Culture of Chanoyu distills art, hospitality, and philosophy into an unprecedented and unrepeatable moment of serenity and beauty. Experience Chanoyu in SAM's finely crafted teahouse to discover how the medium of offering and receiving a bowl of tea provides a model for mindful living in a turbulent world.

Chanoyu demonstrations are held on the second Saturday of every month from 3–4 pm and the third Saturday of every month from 2–3 pm. There are no demonstrations in August, December, and January.

Demonstrations are hosted by Seizankai, a group of certified tea instructors representing various traditions of Chanoyu. This month's instructors will be Bonnie Soshin Mitchell May 11 and Naomi Somi Takemura May 18.

Ticketing Information

This program is included with admission. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tea will be served to the audience.

Installation view of teahouse, 2017, at Seattle Art Museum, photo: Mark Woods.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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