Chado (Tea Ceremony)

Fall Semester Japanese Traditional Arts III Tea Ceremony
2 credits

Instructor: KANAZAWA Sotatsu

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Course Description

Students will be taught by Kanazawa Sotatsu, a tea master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea. The Tea Ceremony will be introduced as an art form which incorporates all aspects of traditional Japanese culture.

Content/Schedule

Students will study and practice all aspects of the tea ceremony. Students will learn the proper movements and forms associated with the practice of tea, including how to sip tea and how to eat the sweets served with tea, as well as how to serve tea and how to receive tea as a guest. In addition to learning the basics of the tea ceremony, students will be taken outside the classroom to museums, and to observe tea demonstrations. They will visit the Urasenke estate and its famous Konnichian teahouse, neither of which are open to the public.

Grading Criteria

All students will be monitored throughout the course of 15 lessons. Grades will be based on class attendance and participation.

References

See www.urasenke.or.jp for Urasenke's homepage

www.teahyakka.com for a list of English reference materials relating to Tea Ceremony

http://tankosha.topica.ne.jp/ compiles a list of Tea reference materials

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