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



着物ショーに参加 Participating Kimono-show as a Chado Society.

今年の5月に亡くなられた初子 Eilersさんの追悼着物ショーが2日(日)に日本祭で催されました。私達、Chado Society of St.Louis “Junshin-An”もこの着物ショーに『お茶会での着物』ということで、私達のデモンストレーションの為に着付けた着物で、2回のステージに7人でモデルとして参加しました。 この着物ショーは初子さんの主宰で25年以上も催されてきた日本祭で最も...
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茶の湯デモンストレーション Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical garden

レイバーデーホリデー期間中の9月1日(土)から3日(月)、私達グループにとって一年中で最も大きなイベント、日本祭が今年も成功裏に終わりました。私達のデモンストレーションは1日(土)、2日(日)両日4時半から5時半にShoenberg Theaterで行われました。1日目は19名のメンバーの参加に加え、ボランティアでプロの写真家アンナさんが写真を撮ってくださいました。2日目は17...
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