Way of Tea Center

Dr. Soshitsu Sen International Way of Tea Center

The Way of Tea Center, established in 2001, has an international focus and serves to assist the Center for Japanese Studies in fulfilling its mission of promoting a deeper understanding of Japan within a global context. Specifically, the Way of Tea Center educates students and helps to perpetuate tea culture while fostering a deeper awareness of Japanese culture and international understanding.

The Center aids in coordinating existing and new resources and activities related to the practice of tea, such as: the use of Jakuan Tea Hut; Midorikai Fellowships (at Urasenke in Kyoto); and the Way of Tea Practicum course in the Asian Studies Program. The Way of Tea Center also sponsors the Chanoyu Outreach Project by offering tea ceremony demonstrations at local schools, or to host schools at the UH Manoa campus.

The Way of Tea Center is organized within the Center for Japanese Studies and under the supervision of the CJS Director. For more information, contact Dr. Mary McDonald (mcdonald@hawaii.edu), Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, 1890 East-West Road, Hawai’i 96822; tel: (808) 956-2665; email: wayoftea@hawaii.edu.

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

 In fulfilling its mission, the Dr. Soshitsu Sen International Way of Tea Center, in cooperation with Mr. Yoshibumi Ogawa, Senior Tea Master of the Hawaii branch of Urasenke, is offering to give tea ceremony demonstrations at local schools or to host schools at the UHM campus. For more information, please call Dr. Mary McDonald or Dr. Gay Satsuma at the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawai’i at (808) 956-2665 or e-mail wayoftea@hawaii.edu.