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



茶箱「卯の花」点前 Chabako “uno hana “temae

先週土曜日7月7日は茶箱の平点前、拝見を所望する卯の花点前のお稽古をしました。 茶箱点前には、この夏の『卯の花』、秋の『月』、冬の『雪』、春の『花』などがあります。 それぞれの季節に、その季節に因んだ茶箱点前を楽しむのも茶の湯ならではの風雅な趣向です。 Last Saturday, on July 7th, we practiced “unohana-temae” with viewing tools – a basic method for making tea by using a tea-...
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かわいいお客様 Two cute guests

六月第三週水曜日のお稽古日に可愛い二人のお客様がありました。 学校が夏休みに入っているため、お母様のお稽古を見学に来られたのです。 お客様の作法で、お菓子とお茶を頂き、お棗とお茶杓の拝見もできました。 We had two cute guests to our class on the 3rd Wednesday of June. Enjoying the summer holiday, they came to see their Mother’s lesson. The two sisters enjoyed sweets and tea and also experienced th...
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