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.
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




2024年2月某日 先生が冬に京都に帰っていらっしゃる間、セントルイスの純心庵の生徒は2つのグループに分かれて自主練しています。それぞれが復習したいことを練習したり、細かいことを確認したりとこれまで習ったことの強化月間です。今年は、上の生徒さんは四ヶ伝を、初級の生徒さんは炉点前を中心にお稽古しています。 生徒さんの中にもうすぐ女の赤ち...
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2月 大炉の点前(京都便り) Dairo demae

2024年2月某日   京都に一時帰国の先生からの京都便りです。セントルイスは引き続き、自主練を続けています。 ——- 香里園の先生のもとで、大炉−逆勝手のお稽古をしました。 2月は大炉−通常の炉縁より大きめで逆勝手の位置に据える−のお稽古の時期です。後炭は大炉の中に炭を置いておきます。 大炉の初炭手前−大炉濃茶点前−後炭手前−薄茶点前の内、私...
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アメリカからのお客様(京都便り) A visitor from the States

  2024年、2月某日 2月末、ペンシルベニア州から日本の大工志望の青年が京都に来られましたので、2日間ご一緒しました。 一日目は千本稲荷で有名な伏見の稲荷大社と宇治の平等院を訪れました。 雨模様の日々とは打って変わってその日は晴天。1000本の稲荷をくぐって山頂まで往復しました!!当日の歩数2万歩! 紅白の梅の前で『はい、チーズ』。...
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