Tradional Urasenke Tea Ceremony Workshop July 28 at Anderson Gardens

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Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Traditional Urasenke Tea Ceremony Workshop from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 28, in its 16th-century Sukiya-style Guest House.

Professor Kimiko Gunji will lead a hands-on lesson focusing on proper tea-serving procedures and guest etiquette.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Cost is $35 per person.  Reservations are required. Those wishing to observe the workshop are welcome. Cost to observe is $10. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

Professor Gunji will serve tea accompanied with a sweet to all participants at the beginning of the workshop.

Gunji is professor emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture in the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the former director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. She holds Chamei, Souki from the Urasenke Tea School and serves as president of the Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai, Inc. She is also a full professor of the Ikenobo Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) School in Japan and chapter president of the Illinois Prairie Ikenobo Ikebana. Her Ikenobo Ikebana teacher’s name is Kiyomi.

As technology continually advances, human beings are so enraptured by its power and capability; however, through this captivation, they often succumb to surrendering the very element that makes them human: the use of their five senses,” Gunji said. “My concentration is to impart to those with whom I encounter through my teachings and my art, the significance of becoming a fine human being through the vitalization of the senses and the natural manifestation of one’s kokoro.” (The Japanese word kokoro can be translated into “mind, spirit and heart.”)

Contact Katie Weston by phone at (815) 316-3306 or e-mail at for more details or to make a reservation.

Posted July 24, 2013

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