In April of 2016, a series of earthquakes devastated Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan. The quakes and subsequent landslides resulted in the death 50 people, injuries to over 3,000 others and the destruction of countless structures. Over 40,000 people were evacuated for safety concerns. While the people of Kumamoto have begun the healing process, there is still a lot of work to do.
This traditional tea ceremony is being conducted to benefit the relief efforts in Kumamoto. Led by Shofuso’s own tea school, Urasenke Philadelphia, this event will include a tea ceremony demonstration before providing guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet. Guests can choose between the usucha style, which produces a tea that is thinner and lighter in color, and the formal koicha style, which features a darker and thicker version of matcha.
Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the program. Limited chairs are available.
Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund administered by the Japan Society in New York. If you can’t participate in the tea, but would like to make a donation, you can do so here.