Dr. Soshitsu Sen International Way of Tea Center


Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting requests for tea ceremony demonstrations for the rest of 2020.  This status may continue into 2021 if the situation fails to improve.


The Way of Tea Center, established in 2001, is organized within the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), under the supervision of the CJS Director. The Way of Tea Center has an international focus and serves to assist CJS 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 Way of Tea Practicum course in the Asian Studies Program.
  • Tea ceremony demonstrations
    • Sponsorship of the Chanoyu Outreach Project by offering tea ceremony demonstrations at the UH Mānoa campus. These ceremonies are conducted in cooperation with Ms. Akiko Ono, Kyoju (Professor) of the Urasenke School and a member of the Urasenke Hawaiʻi Association.

University of Hawaiʻi News video and article on the renovations and rededication of Jaku'an in February 2015 - "Hidden gem restored for future generations"

[Update: July 2019] Ms. Akiko Ono, Professor of the Urasenke School and UH Way of Tea practicum instructor, wrote an article on tea ceremony in Hawaiʻi and at the University in the web magazine, “Waraku.” The article is written in Japanese and can be found in two parts, at the links below:



For more information, please contact us at (808) 956-2665 during our office hours, Monday-Friday 9:00am-Noon and 1:00-5:00pm. You may also contact us using the below form: