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



盆点風炉 Bondate Furo

7月最終週のお稽古は四ヶ伝の盆点でした。盛夏に相応しく涼しそうなお軸を掛けました。カワセミが清流に泳ぐ魚を窺っている画です。箱には『設色翠翁窺魚』と書かれています。 The last practice session in July was bondate, another one of the shikaden procedures. In the alcove I hung a picture of a kingfisher aiming for a fish in the river, hoping it would bring the feeling of a cool breeze into the tea room in the mid-summer....
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陶芸家のお客様 A Potter’s Visit

今日は、生徒さんの友人で、陶芸をされている方とガールフレンドを我が家の茶室『純心庵』にお招きしました。この方は抹茶茶碗もつくられているのですが、実際にお茶のお点前で点てたお抹茶を飲んだことがないということでしたので、生徒さんが薄茶風炉点前でお茶をお点てしました。 This week we had two guests, a potter and his girlfriend, in our Junshin-an tearoom. Although he has made ...
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