Japan House exists because of shared visions....a vision by Founding Director Shozo Sato to share the culture of Japan by teaching its traditional arts, and then a vision by Associate Professor Emeritus, and former Director, Kimiko Gunji, to further those teachings by establishing a permanent facility. It also exists because of a shared vision by all those that practice or appreciate the arts of Japan and believe so strongly that they volunteer their time and talents to support Japan House.
This past Saturday, which was Mom's Weekend here on campus, members of the Tea Study Group served almost 100 bowls of tea. Many more people toured the house and observed the tea ceremonies---so well over 200 people learned about the Way of Tea! Without this group, we would never be able to reach as many people. I want to express our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the Tea Group...they are indeed a vital part of Japan House.
The Tea Group is affiliated with the Urasenke Foundation, one of Japan's most revered tea schools. In 1995 the Urasenke Foundation agreed to donate two tea rooms to the prospective Japan House facility. Their commitment enabled the fundraising process to begin in earnest and led to the facility that stands today. Japan House has been honored by the support of the Urasenke Foundation (they also donated the 50 cherry trees in 2008) and is proud to sponsor them.
The Tea Study Group is open to anyone interested in the Way of Tea. The class members are multinational, span a wide variety of ages, and come from all sectors of the community including students, working professionals, and many others. If you are interested in becoming part of this group you can find more information on their facebook page. They do not meet during the summer but will start again when the fall semester starts.
We thank them sincerely for all they do.
Cynthia Voelkl, Assistant Director