Our Fall Open House is coming up next Saturday, November 5, 2011. These events are always memorable and this one looks particularly great! You will have a chance to participate in a tea ceremony and take a tour of the gardens. The Japanese maples are really beginning to glow with color so it will be beautiful no matter what the weather is.
You will have the opportunity to learn about KOGO, the tiny Japanese incense containers used in the tea ceremony and also have the chance to support Japan House by purchasing one of these little jewels! Artist, Professor Emeritus, and Tea Master, A. Doyle Moore has donated a number of KOGO to Japan House. All proceeds from these KOGO's will go toward supporting Japan House and keeping the facility open. The suggested prices are very, very low but we encourage you to consider Japan House and its facilities when making your payment!
Special presentation on KOGO, Japanese incense containers used in the Way of Tea, by Professor Emeritus & Tea Master, A. Doyle Moore. Please join us for his presentations at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Tour the gardens with James Bier, designer and builder of the Japan House gardens, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Tea ceremonies will be performed throughout the day by the Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Tea Study Group. To participate in a tea ceremony, a ticket must be purchased at the door for $5 per person. Tomonokai members can participate in tea for free by showing their membership card!
All our welcome. Please join us!
Kogo or incense containers are small ceramic, wooden or shell containers used to hold a few pieces of incense. A Kogo can be made in many shapes and forms — from simple round to cherry blossom petal shape, an octagon, various animal shapes, moon shapes, and much more. Incense from the Kogo is placed in the charcoal fire to create a nice fragrance as the charcoal gets hotter and hotter in preparation for tea.