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



正午の茶事  Afternoon Tea Gathering

5月末の土曜日、日曜日の2日間、各6人のお客様をお迎えして茶事を行いました。 On the last Saturday and Sunday of May, I invited twelve students (six each day) from my tea ceremony class to our first chaji, a formal tea gathering. 2020年年明け早々から世界に蔓延し出したコロナウイルスの為、しばらくお稽古に来て頂くことも断念せざるをえませんでした。そんな中、一クラス2名に限定し、手洗いとマスク...
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続き薄 炉点前 Tsuzukiusu Rodemae

さあ、今月5月からはもう風炉の季節です。四月の最終週のお稽は濃茶、薄茶の炉点前がお稽古できる『続き薄』にしました。お軸は『春国樹色』、お花は鉢植のスパティフィラムを一本伐りました。お菓子は桜の練り切り、銘は『セントルイスの桜』。だんだん、和菓子細工の腕が上がってきています。 It is already May, the beginning of the season for summer’s furo (portable brazier). L...
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茶箱花点前 Chabako Hanademae

今年は思いもかけず早く桜がほころび始め、その後の低気温であっという間に桜の季節が終わってしまいました。慌てて茶箱花点前のお稽古をしました。軸は久しぶりに『一期一会』、花は我が家の庭からレンギョウを切って活けました。お菓子は桜餅。塩漬け桜葉の良い香りがお茶室を満たしてくれました Since this year’s cherry blossoms bloomed a little early and were short-lived becau...
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