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



利休百首 Rukyu’s Hundred Poems of Chanoyu

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四ヶ伝台天目炉点前 Shikaden Deitenoku Rodemae

日中も日が差さず、寒さが厳しい日々が続いています。昨日は雪もちらつきました。そんな季節にぴったりの軸、『萬里寒光 生積雪』を掛けました。これは祖詠という中国の詩人が読んだ七言律詩の一部で「寒々とした光景が積雪によって生じている」という意味。薄墨を使って、寒々としたさまを表現していて義母の書の中でも好きなものです。   In the third week of Dece...
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唐物炉点前 Karamono Rodemae

11月第2週、第3週はそれぞれ初炭点前、後炭点前をお稽古しました。 第4週目は炉で四ヶ伝、唐物のお稽古でした。床の掛物は『喫茶去』、花は山茶花です。一週間前は固い蕾だったのがこんなに鮮やかに開きはじめました。お菓子はお饅頭・草餅・果物の梨の三種を縁高に盛りました。 We practiced shozumidemae and gozumidemae in ro hearth on the second and third week of November. I hung the scroll ...
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