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



茶箱月点前 Chabako Tsukidemae

10月1日は十五夜でしたね。大きなまん丸のお月様がススキの穂を照らしてとてもきれいでした。十五夜に因んで、久しぶりに茶箱の月点前・拝見ありのお稽古しました。掛物は『日日是好日』、花は『秋明菊』です。 The light from the full moon on October 1st, reflecting on the Japanese pampas grass, was beautiful. Celebrating this fall season, we practiced chabako tsukidemae (chabako box, the moon […]...
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10月になって急に涼しくなってきました。ここセントルイスでは、秋と言えばパンプキンですが、日本の秋を懐かしんで柿の実、そして今綺麗な盛りの菊の花を練り切りで作ってみました。 For the fall season, we made Wagashi, nerikiri, in the shape of chrysanthemum and persimmon. In the United States, the color orange is for pumpkins. But, in Japan, the […]...
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