Chado 純心庵

Chado Society of St. Louis – Junshin-an 

The way of Japanese Tea • 茶 道

We welcome anyone who wants to participate in the tea ceremony. Classes are taught weekly in the Urasenke tradition of Chanoyu. Private lessons are also available. Please email or telephone to reserve your space for more information.
Members serve as both the “host” or one of the “guests” in a tea lesson. All learn the traditional ways to prepare, serve and drink tea. With time, more advanced methods are introduced under the guidance of the tea instructor.
There are many paths to learning Chado – the Way of Tea. Some are interested in traditional Japanese culture. Others enjoy the Art, study of Zen, meditation or simply the taste of powdered green tea. All are welcome.
Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea
– Sen Genshitsu
千 玄室
About Us
The Chado Society was founded by Junko Ikeda, trained at the Urasenke school of tea in Kyoto. Students meet weekly and often perform at public and private events. A disciplined, fun and dedicated group, new members are always welcomed. Reach out using the form below. And follow us on social media – Facebook and Instagram.  
Urasenke Konnichian of Kyoto, Japan has nurtured the rich cultural tradition of chanoyu since the early seventeenth century. Zabosai Iemoto, sixteenth generation Grand Tea Master of Urasenke, continues the tradition of his father, now retired as Hounsai Genshitsu, Former Grand Tea Master, in fostering international goodwill through cultural exchange. The Chado Society of St. Louis follows Urasenke's teaching.
Tea house island 
The Missouri Botanical Garden is home to one of the largest Japanese gardens in North American - Seiwa-en. Follow us on social media and on the official calendar to learn when the Chado Society performs next at the tea island. In the meantime, experience the thrill of personal interpretation and discovery in the Garden's serene landscape. 

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Below is our calendar of events and classes. Those open to the public are noted. You do need to register for classes prior. Otherwise, join our mailing list to be notified up upcoming public demonstrations.
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Junko Ikeda
Junko Ikeda (named So-jun by the grand tea mater of Urasenke)
is the founder the Chado Society of St. Louis, Junshin-an. Ikeda-sensei is a member of
 Minami Branch of Urasenke Kyoto, taught by Hayashi Soumi.
池田 宗純(純子)・生徒一同



葉蓋と洗い茶巾 Habuta and Araijakin

さあ、いよいよ暑さの厳しい7月がやってきました。床の間には庭に今は盛りと咲いている槿の花を挿しました。お茶室のお軸には通常、風鎮は掛けないのですが、お茶室のエアコンの風がお軸を揺らしますので、仕方なく掛けて風を鎮めました。 It’s July, the time for summer procedures. In the alcove I placed a Rose of Sharon from my garden. Even though it isn’t a good idea to put weights on the hanging sc...
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7月の利休百首 Rikyu’s poem for July 2021

今月の利休百首から抜粋した句は、 「右の手をあつかうときは わが心 左の方にあるとしるべし」   お稽古を始めて、まだ間もない生徒さんのお点前をお稽古していると、使っている方の手には意識が行っているのですが、使っていない方の手が宙ぶらりんになっていたり、きちんと手のひらをそろえて膝の上においてなかったりで、全体のお点前の姿がどこか気の...
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