Getting Started

Learn from Tea, Branch Out through Tea

We often say that the essence of the tea ceremony is to “serve the tea and drink it.” This simple expression takes us on a long path of learning. When you first start, it will be difficult to understand the meaning of each step of the tea ceremony, you will come to understand them as you practice. That is, the tea ceremony is the way to entertain guests and allow them to think with great enjoyment as they savor the ambiance of the tea rooms. Through practicing the tea ceremony, we can learn the spirit of hospitality which is the wisdom and the courtesy of life which our predecessors have cultivated. And also we learn how to appreciate tea tools like chawan (tea bowls), chaire or chaki (tea containers), kama (iron pots), mizusashi (water containers), chasen (tea whisk), flower arrangements, kakejiku (hanging scrolls of calligraphy and painting). In addition to learning how to harmonize the tools, we study kaiseki (Japanese course cuisine) and sweets. Learning is very diverse. It is the enjoyment of the tea ceremony to know that the chain of knowledge and experience deepens and expands the understanding of the tea ceremony. And, regardless of age and profession, we can deepen and spread out our connections with irreplaceable people such as teachers and friends. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to do so.

First step

Tea schools generally accept your trial visit before you decide. Please feel free to contact us.

Contact Us

Here is the general flow from your trial visit to formal entry.
  • 1. Find a tea school near you.

    See our Local Tea Schools page (generally in Japanese only).

  • 2. If you find a tea school that you are interested in, arrange a day for your visit.

    Please contact the teacher directly at the telephone number on our Local Tea Schools page. If you would like to contact by email or to find out other teachers, the Shorai-kai secretariat will help you. Contact us with this form (generally in Japanese only).
    If you contact us via the contact form, we will reply via email or the teacher may contact you directly by phone. After consultation with the teacher, please decide the schedule to visit the teacher.

  • 3. Visiting the teacher to confirm the contents of the training, tuition fees and etc.
  • 4. Getting started.

    Enjoy the practice!