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Chanoyu: Tea Culture


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 the Seattle Art Museum's finely crafted teahouse and discover how the medium of offering and receiving a bowl of tea provides a model for mindful living in a turbulent world.

What to know

Demonstrations take place

  • Second Saturday of every month from 3–4 pm
  • Third Saturday of every month from 2–3 pm

Access is included with admission.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

No tea will be served to the audience.

There are no demonstrations in August, December, and January.

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