Featured ProgramJapanese Tea Ceremonies
Chado, or the Way of Tea, is one of the most ancient and revered arts of Japan, and is at the very heart of Japan House. Come to a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to learn about Japan House on the campus of the University of Illinois, and the history of this 500 year old art form. Watch as the host carefully and thoughtfully prepares each piece of equipment so you can thoroughly enjoy a bowl of matcha tea and seasonal wagashi, a traditional Japanese sweet.
You will be asked to remove your shoes (or use shoe covers) when you enter, and to wear white socks (Japan House has some to lend you if you forget). They also ask that legs be covered as is traditional in Japan. You will be kneeling or sitting on the tatami mats, but if that is a problem a chair can easily be pulled up to the tea room for you, and you will still be at the same height as the other participants.
Please use the online registration form to secure your spot. Student or Tomonokai members are $10 and the general public is $12.