The 40th Anniversary of Urasenke Summer Seminar

Photo of Former Governor Ariyoshi

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Urasenke Summer seminar at UHM.  Roughly 110 guests from Japan, led by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, joined Hawaii tea practitioners for a two-day seminar at the UHM Art Auditorium, sponsored by Outreach College.  Day One featured a presentation by new UHM Chancellor Tom Apple, who laid out his vision for UH Manoa, and Former Governor George Ariyoshi, who described the origins of the East West Center and the connection between Hawaii and the EWC’s core mission. Day Two focused on tea demonstrations, including one by recent UH alumni, and a lecture-demonstration by Noenoe Zuttemesiter on traditional Hawaiian musical instruments and dance.  Participants also enjoyed tea at Jaku-an, and the Imin Center Garden Room, hosted by the UH Tea Club, and Urasenke Association members from Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai.