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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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



更好棚風炉 Kokodana Furo

7月に入って連日90℉以上の暑さが続いています。一回のお稽古を2人ずつの限定で始めました。久しぶりのお稽古ですので、基本的なお点前、更好棚濃茶風炉点前と薄茶風炉点前をしました。 I hope everybody has been healthy during this hot weather. In July, after a long break, our tea ceremony practice resumed with no more than two other people in the tearoom. Today we practiced two basic procedures, koicha furo demae and...
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紫陽花の和菓子 This month’s Wagashi–Hydrangea

これからアメリカは紫陽花の綺麗な季節です。お茶のお稽古用に紫陽花の和菓子を作ってみました。中は白餡、外側の花びらは、紫陽花のもつ繊細で涼しげな色と光が表せるよう淡い赤、青、紫の小さく切った寒天を使いました。季節の和菓子を愛でていただくのも、お茶の席の楽しみの一つです。 Because of the beautiful hydrangeas in July in Missouri, we created special hydrangeas wagashi (J...
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