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



Japanese Culture Event at Forest Park Community College

4月29日・30日の午前中、Forest Park Community College の”Japanese Culture Event”の一環で私たちのグループはお茶のデモンストレーションを披露しました。お点前の披露の後は会場の生徒さん何人かにお菓子と薄茶を一服、飲んで頂きました。 On April 29th and 30th, We performed the tea ceremony for the Japanese Culture Event at the Forest Park Community College. After the demonstration, we offered tea and sweets to some a...
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四ケ伝 唐物 Shikaden Karamono

中級のお稽古です。 水指は曲げ、茶入れは唐物(ナス型あるいは文琳を使用。茶杓は元節。曲げ水指は杉やヒノキの薄板を曲げてつくった水指のこと。 このお点前では茶入れが主役ですので、常に茶入れを両手で扱います。そして茶入れを真にたたんだ袱紗で清めます。 平点前に比べると少し難しくなります。     We practiced an intermediate level shikaden( four secret* teaching)...
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2019年 初釜 Hatsugama

1月13日 11時半より林宗美先生社中の初釜が総勢13名で催されました。 床の間には『松柏千年青』(しょうはくせんねんのせい)の掛物。どんな環境下にあっても緑の葉を保ち続ける松と柏。変わらぬ信念、強い意志を持ち続けることの素晴らしいことを伝えています。林先生お手製の海老、炭、梅、昆布、裏白などのおめでたい正月飾り。松や菊、千両の正月花。 炉縁...
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