In Unity – The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Learn about the great tradition and mindfulness of the Japanese tea ceremony


Saturday 11th June | Lecture and workshop 11am – 1pm | In conversation 2 – 3pm


Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon


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About this event

The Japanese tea ceremony can be traced back to the 15th century when it was established by the tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522 –1591). The tea ceremony has incredible cultural significance, having contributed to the development of styles of architecture, ceramics, garden design, cuisine, flower arrangement and more.

The tea ceremony’s refined preparation rituals culminate in sharing a moment with guests in drinking a bowl of maccha tea while appreciating the transience of that moment. The term Ichigo ichie (translated as “for this time only”, or “one chance in a lifetime”) lies deep in the philosophy of the tea ceremony and denotes the importance of the unity of, and connection between, people in the simple brief act of taking tea.

At this event, an experienced tea ceremony practitioner from Urasenke UK will give a talk about the history, background and aesthetics of the tea ceremony. In the workshop, participants will learn and experience the procedure of making tea using the centuries old series of stylised elegant movements.

Yasuhiro Yamaguchi is a London based tea ceremony practitioner with over 15 years of experience. He is also the secretary general of the UK branch of The Urasenke Tankōkai (裏千家淡交会), a membership organization for Urasenke teachers and students. Urasenke (裏千家) is one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony and has more than 400 years of history.

In the past 20 years in the UK, Yamaguchi has contributed to the sharing of knowledge and experience of the “Way of Tea” through lectures, demonstrations and training at schools and universities as well as museums and galleries. He gives talk and lecture at British Museum, SOAS and the Japanese Embassy in the UK to demonstrate and explain the tea ceremony.

Azuki Foundation, Tankokai UK Association, Akiko Yanagisawa (Mu:Arts).
Supporter: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Yasuhiro Yamaguch will be in conversation with ceramicist Jill Fanshawe Kato. Jill will be teaching a course at Dartington in Japanese Tea Bowl Making on Sunday 12 June.

Jill grew up in Devon, which inspired the lifelong love of the natural world which is apparent in her creative work.
She graduated in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art in London and later studied ceramics in Japan for four years. She has subsequently had 46 exhibitions of her ceramics in Japan and exhibited widely internationally.

Please note, Jill Fanshawe Kato will also be leading a one-day ceramic course on Sunday 12th June, using hand building techniques to make two beautiful tea bowls.  More information and booking here

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