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



「菜の花」と貴人点て ”Rapeseed Blossoms” and Kinindate

お菓子 『菜の花』のきんとん練り切りに必須の白あんが無くなってしまったので、先週3時間かけて3ポンドのライマビーンズで白あんを作りました。 Since we had run out of shiroan (white bean paste), the main ingredient of nerikiri, one of my students and I made more last week. We simmered three pounds of lima beans till tender, peeled off the skins, and pureed them before adding sugar to sweeten the mixture. It took three hours to complete...
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貴人点薄茶炉点前 Kinindate Usucha Rodenae

 床の軸は『四海浪平』(しかいなみたいら)。これは禅語で、見渡す限り 海の波は穏やかという意味。ミャンマー、香港の民主化を望む国民に対する軍部や、国家権力の暴挙、絶えることのないシリアからの難民、身近ではアジア人に対するヘイトクライム。昨今の暗い悲しいニュースに心が痛みます。四方の海、即ち世界中の人々が平穏無事でありますようにとの願い...
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