41st Annual Urasenke Hawai‘i Summer Seminar, 2013

One hundred Way of Tea practitioners from Japan visited UHM for the 41st Urasenke Hawai‘i Summer Seminar.  Dr. Genshitsu Sen, 15th Grand Master of the Urasenke School in Kyoto, attended UH in the early 1950s.  On July 21-22, Dr. Sen gathered teachers and students of tea in the UHM Campus Ballroom and Jaku’an Tea House [...]

Visitor to Jaku’an Tea House

In the week of June 24, 2013, Mr. Tetsuya Nakanishi, Urasenke chief architect, flew from Kyōto to visit Jaku’an on the UH Mānoa campus.  Mr. Nakanishi designs and repairs Urasenke tea rooms worldwide.  Mr. Nakanishi explained traditional construction methods to Hawai‘i architect Toshi Suzuki and engineer Beverly Ishii-Nakayama.

2013 Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Awardees

Two scholars received the prestigious Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship on May 13, 2013. Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda hosted the awards ceremony at their official residence. Howard Hamamoto, Chair of the Crown Prince Akihito Foundation presented certificates to the two recipients. Ms. Ikuyo Takara, a Ph.D. candidate from Tokyo University, [...]

UHM Urasenke Tea Students Offer Hatsudate, New Year’s Tea

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, UHM Tea Instructor Ogawa and his students prepared the first tea of the New Year at Jaku’an.  Guests including long-time practitioners of Chadō in Hawai’i, enjoyed O-seichi Ryōri, or New Year’s delicacies.  Classes about tea at UHM include Chadō, The Way of Tea Practicum (ASAN 324) and Tea in Japanese History [...]